PU’s foreign girls to live in international hostel too

  • Ifrah Mufti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 19, 2016 12:23 IST

The Panjab University (PU) has decided to accommodate its NRI/foreign girl students in the international hostel too, as it plans to offer them improved living conditions from the new academic session.

But the foreigners, who would until now live in the PU’s girls hostel on the campus, will have to pay more.

Dean, international students, Professor Deepti Gupta told HT that the university wanted more foreigners to study at the PU, but that a lot of outsiders complained about the condition of the rooms and the quality of food.

“We have discussed that if we want more foreigners to study with us, we need to provide them with certain standards. We have a culture of sharing basis in our hostels, but the foreign students have a problem with it… they face difficulties in adjusting with Indian students,” Gupta said. “Most of the complaints are regarding the spicy food,” she added.

Gupta said the “separate hostel” will have better facilities such as washing machines, round-the-clock cafeteria, a modular kitchen and a caterer, who will also be a foreigner and cook what the students like.

The revised hostel fee structure will be implemented after approval from the Syndicate and the Senate. As per the plan, of the fee paid by the foreign nationals, 75% will be kept by the hostel for the upkeep of the facilities and 25% will be deposited in the university’s non-plan account as room rent. The issue will be taken up at the Syndicate meeting scheduled for January 23. A meeting of the committee constituted by PU vice-chancellor Arun Grover to decide on the hostel fee to be paid by NRI/foreign nationals on December 12, 2015, had discussed that most of the foreign boys will also be given single room accommodation at par with research scholars at the new hostel.

The meeting decided that the foreigners will be paying the same hostel fee that the research scholars, who get fellowship and HRA, submit. At present, the fee structure approved for research scholars is Rs 5,000 per month.

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