Hindu hostel rented out to AU for next 29 years | Allahabad News

Prayagraj: Hindu Hostel would now be part of Allahabad University for the next 29 years, 11 months, as a rental agreement for the official transfer of the Hindu Hostel and its adjacent land to Allahabad University (AU) at a nominal rent of Rs 1 per year as the mandate is now signed.
The legal formalities that followed were completed on December 21, informed professor AU PRO Jaya Kapoor, on the eve of the anniversary of the birth of Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya, the great visionary nationalist leader and educator, who had built hostel in 1901. It is in his honor, the Hindu hostel is officially known as Madan Mohan Malviya University Hostel.
The AU had started efforts to formally take over the Hindu hostel held in trust after the Executive Council, the central university’s supreme decision-making body, in a meeting called on November 23, 2021, where the proposal was approved. unanimously in this regard.
The decision to take over the hostel, which has 184 double rooms (with a capacity of 368 students), was first discussed and proposed by the Madan Mohan Malaviya Hindu Boarding Society (trust) over 25 years ago. The company has subsequently sent regular communications on this subject. In the absence of initiated action on the part of the university, there has been no development in this regard for years. When Professor Sangita Srivastava took office as Vice-Chancellor on November 30, 2020, a proposal to this effect was again sent. It followed suit, paving the way for its official takeover lease by AU. “The hostel building will need some refurbishment and restoration, with the exception of clearing a pending electricity bill of around Rs 2.5 crore before it can be opened to be assigned to students. Apart from this, several proposals are also under consideration to use the available land for research and educational projects, ”said Professor Kapoor.
Final decisions in this regard will be taken in the near future as the university prepares for the implementation of the New National Education Policy (NEP) -2020 during the 2023-24 session, she said. added.
The Hindu hostel was built by visionary nationalist leader and great educator Mahamana Madan Mohan with Rs 2.5 lakh at the time fully collected in the form of donations to help students from the far corners of the country find accommodation easy. At the time, its name was MacDonnell Hindu Boarding House. In 1951, her name was changed to Madame Mohan Malaviya University College.
Until 1982-83, UA teachers frequently visited the hostel to organize seminars and conduct tutorials for students. However, in recent years it has fallen into disrepair with most of the toilets inoperable and the building in poor condition, due to lack of proper maintenance.
The significance of this transfer can be assessed by the fact that the cost of the hostel’s only 10.10 acre lot in the heart of town is estimated in crores.


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