Better late than never. Punjabi university authorities have finally taken a serious note of shortage of hostel facilities, especially for girls, by laying the foundation stone of another girls hostel in the university campus on Friday.
Vice Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh laid the foundation stone of 134-room Mai Bhago Hostel for Girls for the students of University College of Engineering.
There has been an acute shortage of students' accommodation in the university campus and the problem has aggravated especially during this session following huge demand of students to get hostel facilities during counselling of different subjects.
With girls students constituting over 60% of total strength, they always faced the problem of lack of hostel accommodation within university premises.
The failure of authorities to provide hostel to new students has made them spend hefty amount of money on paying guest accommodation outside university premises.
Presently, university has total seven hostels for girls and five for boys.. The present accommodation in the campus has capacity of accommodating around 4,000 students.
Normally two to three students are made to adjust in cubical rooms and three to four students in dormitories, meant for stay of two people, especially in the girls' hostels.
"We are constructing a new hostel keeping in mind the issues relating to scarcity of hostel accommodation for its students. The construction of a new hostel will ease accommodation situation and will enable the university to accommodate a large number of students, who otherwise, feel compelled to look for accommodation outside the campus", VC said.
He said this will also lessen the worries relating to safety of its students, especially girls.
Executive Engineer Manjit Singh Sidhu informed that the hostel will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 8 crore. The four-storeyed building will consist of 134 rooms.
The construction will be hopefully completed before coming academic session, he added.