Worried your marks won’t get you that elusive hostel seat? Here’s good news. Indraprastha College for Women (IP College) has constructed a brand new hostel, which can accommodate 200 students.
“In addition to our existing Kalawati Gupta Hostel, this session we will have a brand new hostel named Indraprastha Women’s Hostel,” said Manasvini M Yogi, media coordinator, IP College.
“Unlike other colleges, such as Ramjas and Stephen’s, which converted existing space into girls’ hostels, ours is the only college to construct a new hostel in the recent past.”
The college predicts the new hostel will cause hostel cut-offs to fall. “Now, even those students scoring 86-88 per cent might get a hostel,” Yogi said.
Complete with a modular kitchen, reading room, café, recreation and medical rooms, the three-storey hostel is located off-campus, across IP College.
It will have a warden and a superintendent on duty 24 hours a day. Built from grants from the UGC, Northeast Council and college alumni at a cost of approximately Rs. 10 crore, the hostel is self-financing.
“Unlike most DU hostels, Indraprastha Women’s Hostel is not subsidised. Therefore, unlike Kalawati Gupta Hostel, that has a fee of Rs. 47,000 per year, the new hostel will cost the student approximately Rs. 85,000,” said Yogi.
Some students are already displaying their apprehension. “I might apply for the new hostel, but I don’t know if I’ll join, as I have seen advertisements for paying guest accommodations available for Rs. 5,000,” said Kanika Singh, a Delhi University aspirant.