The government has sanctioned a grant of Rs 5 crore for renovation of three hostels at the local Government Rajindra Medical College. The grant comes after months of protests by students for upgrade of their living facilities. Punjab Health Systems orporation will execute the construction and renovation and the money been sanctioned under the Personal Leisure Account for this purpose.
College principal KD Singh said that renovation had started with toilets being the top priority. Work would begin in the girls hostel first and then the boys.
"The repair work would include flooring, wooden work of furniture, replacement of doors and painting inside as well as outside," he added, claiming that the process will finish within two months. The hostels now are in a shambles with poor sanitation facilities and stagnant water being a permanent feature of life. The furniture is depleted and the POP has been torn off walls for ages.
Singh claimed that repair work will focus on civil construction, public works department and the public health department.
On the issue of shortage of space for girls in the hostels, he said, "The ratio of girls to boys is 70:30, to accommodate them we have already converted two boys hostels into one girls hostel. Even students of BDS college are residing in our hostels. It's the duty of principal of BDS college to take up the matter. The demand for their hostel has been pending since long." He added that BDS an MBBS students were sharing a hostel at the moment.
The principal added that a new hostel was also being constructed with 86 rooms to accommodate PG students. "The new hostel will be functional next year."