Pune hostels raise standards, as students seek a place to call home
Abhishek Shah is a second year student of Symbiosis, pursuing his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and has been living in a rented flat but recently he has started looking at options. Similarly, Rhea Ramesh and her batchmate Ritika Patni too are looking for better places to stay for their next academic year.
“The final year of my studies is crucial and I feel I am losing focus with all the other things that I have to do myself, like bringing groceries, looking after my laundry. These household chores doesn’t give me enough time to concentrate on studies,” said Shah who is from Surat. His friend told him about the a student accommodation which has been set up in Vimannagar, Pune recently. Students say that they usually stay in college hostels or in a paying guest accommodation. Most housing societies not wanting to encourage students as tenants is a major problem faced by the students, they say.
According to people in the know-how, students these days want spacious rooms, top-end security systems, biometrics, café/restaurant with 24-hour food availability, a pantry, laundry services, housekeeping services, gym, study rooms and entertainment zone.
The new kind of student accommodation that are coming up in the city gives the student just that - a home away from home set in a global style.
According to the JLL Student Housing Research, there are 34 million students in the higher education space in India currently but the options for student housing in the country are limited to basic campus housing, private hostels and the residential paying guest format.
“Quality accommodation, developed to cater to the specific requirements, is the need of the hour hence we thought of opening Tribe Student Accommodation,” said Shantam Mehra, co-founder. “Having lived abroad and experienced this kind of student accommodation, I thought of bringing something similar to Pune as it boasts of the high student population. We are offering package of services and a host of amenities that are set to revolutionise student housing as an asset class. It’s not just offering them air conditioned rooms with en suite bathrooms but going beyond, from a keyless and cashless campus to laundry facilities, housekeeping, a fully equipped gym, job fairs and counselling,” he said.
Jordan Mawlong is a first year student of Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies, who after many trial and errors has found this housing accommodation and he loves it. “I come from Meghalaya. I am used to having a room for myself at home. I found the rooms in this hostel spacious and their break out area is also nice to chill out,” said Jordan.
“The idea is to provide holistic living for all students,” said Shantam. The Tribe in Vimannagar has 194 beds, with separate floor accommodation for girl students along with emergency and medical services available around the clock. With 6-month and 12-month stay packages tailored to the university academic year starting at Rs 1,17,000 and Rs 2,10,000 respectively.
Another such hostel, YouthVille hostel in Bavdhan, too has many takers from across the country. According to its co founder Rupesh Mittal, “The reason for such upscale hostels is that private and Government colleges haven’t kept pace with the growing requirements of students, The concerns of every parent are safety, security hygienic food and an environment conducive to study. In the last 3-4 Years, we are seeing this industry In India change from being unorganised to organised. In the UK, Australia, and USA students housing has been established as an industry three decades ago,” he added.
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Safdarjung, Delhi’s base weather station, recorded 0.1mm of rainfall between 8:30am and 5:30pm on Sunday. The Capital recorded 1.9mm of rainfall on Saturday and 117.2mm on Friday, making the monthly total 119.2mm so far. The normal monthly average for July is 210.6mm, said weather experts.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.