The girls' hostel at Residential School for Meritorious Students is ready with around 215 girls been shifted to the 39 rooms of the hostel on Saturday evening. Furniture has been provided to the students and proper dustbins have been set up in the corridors of the hostel.
The deadline for completing the hostel was July 31, but the public work department handed it over to the officiating principal of the school almost after 3 weeks. The PWD has completed the hostel is a time period of 5 months.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, officiating principal Anoop Kumar Passi said, “We have shifted the students to their respective hostels. Women security guards have been deputed at the girls' hostel and no male will be allowed to enter its premises. The students have been directed to wash their clothes and we will be hiring 'dhobis' for ironing of clothes.”
“We have received the directions from Punjab Society for Promotion of Education for Poor and Meritorious Students project director Major General KAS Bhullar (retd) and we have circulated the same to the teachers, students, parents and the security guards,” Passi added.
“The visiting hours from Monday to Saturday will be from 9 am to 12 noon, whereas parents can also meet their kids on Sundays on the school premises. The students will be allowed leaves during the month of October, as it is a festival month. However, in situations of emergency, they can get up to 10 days leave sanctioned by the principal and in case they require more than 10 leaves, they will have to get it approved by the project director,” said the officiating principal.
Passi said, “The mess contract has been extended up to September 30, as the centralised contract is yet to be finalised. Once it is done, a proper canteen and a tuck shop will be opened and the canteen contractor will be directed not to sell junk food. The canteen will only have Verka products.”
He said regarding the telephone facility, they had received directions from the project director to install two telephone sets, one for the school and other one for the hostel. “Hostel number can be given to the parents for incoming calls,” he said, adding that they had been directed to inform the project director by August 25 if they didn't get a phone connection or the internet facility.