Mumbai: As faculties gear as much as welcome college students again on campus in full power, the upcoming admissions season is bringing deal with an important concern — lodging for outstation college students.
For years, faculties affiliated with the College of Mumbai have attracted undergraduate and postgraduate aspirants from a number of states throughout the nation and whereas bagging seats in coveted programs and faculties is one a part of their battle, discovering inexpensive lodging is one other a part of the identical drawback.
Preserving in thoughts the rising numbers of scholars opting to pursue training within the metropolis, a number of increased training institutes have been engaged on growing their hostel capability.
In March this yr, the Indian Institute of Expertise Bombay (IIT-B) inaugurated a brand new 10-storey hostel constructing (Hostel 17) with 1,115 rooms. This hostel was in response to the rising pupil consumption on the institute and the fixed demand for extra lodging throughout the campus.
“In December 2021, the silver jubilee alumni batch of the institute additionally initiated a challenge to construct a world-class hostel on campus instead of the prevailing Hostel 8. In addition to, Hostel 21 can even be constructed. We need to give one of the best lodging to our ever-increasing brood of scholars,” mentioned an official from the institute.
Training institutes that utterly shut down in March 2020 following the nationwide lockdown managed to reopen beginning October 2021. In January 2022 training institutes had been shut once more owing to rising instances and reopened just for small teams of scholars within the final week of January. After two years, training institutes within the metropolis will confide in the total power of scholars beginning Monday.
Solely a handful of metropolis faculties have hostel services obtainable at current. Whereas most college students depend upon PG or rented lodging, the rising actual property charges in Mumbai have affected the selection of lodging. Hostels, particularly hooked up to the training institute, have been a high precedence for a lot of.
KJ Somaiya Medical School and Analysis Centre, Vidyavihar, just lately acquired permission to extend its consumption capability from 50 to 100. The ever-growing demand for hostel area made approach for a brand new hostel constructing on campus this yr with a capability to accommodate 500 college students.
“The brand new hostel constructing will assist make area for our college students from the medical, physiotherapy and nursing faculties. It has been constructed holding in thoughts the wants of scholars and has one of the best of services made obtainable to all,” mentioned a spokesperson for the institute.
The College of Mumbai attracts lakhs of scholars to its 800-plus affiliated faculties yr after yr, and with this comes the demand for extra lodging for outstation college students. The annual senate meet held in March this yr as soon as once more introduced the deal with this concern as senate members questioned the varsity on the standing of recent hostel buildings.
In his response, vice-chancellor Suhas Pednekar confirmed that the work on one hostel every for ladies and boys coming from reserved class and one for worldwide college students is presently underway.
“The college boasts of six hostel buildings at current, whereas three others are beneath development. The brand new buildings is not going to solely have a bigger consumption capability however can even be geared up with one of the best services. We’re additionally engaged on reworking a number of the present hostel buildings to make sure the protection of our college students,” mentioned a spokesperson for the varsity.