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Campus Connect: Serviced luxury hostels get thumbs up from Pune students

A number of startups have been making their way into the industry of rental accommodation.

pune Updated: Jul 20, 2018 15:34 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Students at the canteen of a serviced apartment called Youthville. (HT Photo )

Meenakshi Menon, a 20-year-old student at Nowrosjee Wadia College, says that finding a place to stay has always been a struggle. The situation has only worsened with many housing societies denying access to students.

“My sister studied in Pune a few years back and even then she used to complain about the struggle to find the right place. I feel our society is becoming more regressive and the idea that students are nothing but nuisance is rampant. But, the good thing is that, now we have options like NestAway, Getsethome and Zolo homes that provide an alternative to cramped up hostel or PG spaces,” said Menon.

Inspired by the situation, a number of startups have been making their way into the industry of rental accommodation. Pune-based Youthville is a recent addition to it, which found an opportunity to provide serviced luxury hostels for students. Founded by Vineet Goyal, under the real estate company Kohinoor Group, Youthville created an alternative to college and university hostels, providing all the needed facilities, like gym, laundry, library, community space, shuttle service, all at one place.

Although, the cost at Youthville is at a steeper side, a resident Yashi Tiwari, believes, comfort and safety is worth paying extra amount even for a hostel. “In the college hostel, I would have to share the room and one bathroom with 5 people and the food was also not that great. Most of my friends would end up spending more on outside food because of this. The situation at other paying guest accommodations is similar. So, having accessed that, this hostel option is great even though the rent might seem a little high. At the end of the day, I am not only getting all the necessities like washroom, house-help, food, laundry, but also added benefits like shuttle service, library, gym, doctor on call, etc.” said the 18-year-old BBA 1st year student from MIT-WPU College.

However, despite the facilities, few others reveal that the restrictions upon students and bachelors work as a deterrent when finding a home. “What is the point of paying so much and not having the freedom and space required to call a place home? That’s why many of us, still prefer to live in flats. Also many of these private hostels or accommodations are located far from the central city, making it difficult in terms of access,” said 24-year-old Annuwesha Dey, Law student, Symbiosis Law School

Huge response for disability awareness course at St Mira’s College for Girls

A certificate course in disability awareness and inclusion aimed at sensitising the youth on accessibility and empowerment of the disabled was inaugurated at St Mira’s College for Girls on Thursday.

The course received a huge response with more than 62 students enrolling for the six-week programme and the college was forced to stop the registrations for the first batch.

The course has been designed by Ekansh Trust, a non-governmental organisation that works for the empowerment of the disabled.

The certificate course on sensitising the youth about accessibility is being hosted by the college’s department of psychology, with the assistance of experts from Ekansh.

In keeping with the spiritual leader Dada JP Vaswani’s efforts to extend a helping hand to the disabled, St Mira’s College for Girls has became the first institute in the city to introduce this programme.

“The persons with disabilities face discrimination in fields like education, social, economy and justice. Such discrimination should be reduced. Many people want to interact and accept the persons with disabilities, but their stand is based on their understanding, uncertainty and stereotypes. If we are more informed, we will feel comfortable in interacting and accepting them. For such an attempt, educational institutes play a major role and we decided to start this course at St Mira’s College,” said Prof Jaya Rajagopalan, head of the Department of Psychology.

The certificate course in disability-awareness and inclusion will cover topics like types of disabilities, early intervention, accessibility, advocacy and research.

Coaching class teachers list recommendations for govt regulation

The professional teachers association (PTA), a private association which includes more than one lakh coaching class owners across 22 districts of Maharashtra, launched an agitation on Thursday, against the Act drafted by the state government to regulate coaching classes.

They have prepared a number of recommendations that they demand to be included in the draft. These recommendations include formation of a special coaching classes council, strict actions against integrated tieups between colleges and coaching classes.

“The coaching class teachers and owners are indeed training professionals, and so the government should treat them on par with other professionals like doctors, architects, lawyers, auditors, etc. Unless they start recognising them professionally, not much can improve in the sector. So one of our primary demands is to set up a special self-regulating body like a coaching classes council. This council should be enacting its own laws to regulate the industry, instead of the government imposing in a dictatorial manner,” said Chandrashekhar Behere, president (operations), PTA at a press conference. The committee also said that the said council can work in the right direction only if maximum members of the coaching class fraternity become a part of the council, in addition to government officials.

The second demand of the association is to ban the colleges that enter into a tie-up with coaching classes, by offering them their college premises for the classes, and in turn make the coaching class teachers, teach in the college.

The association has also demanded strict action of deregistration against such colleges.

Another issue, that the association highlighted at the conference, as a menace in the industry, was the issue of teachers teaching in an educational institution and also running coaching classes.

“The government should identify teachers who have been teaching in colleges and also running their own coaching classes illegally,” added Behere.

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 15:34 IST