SC Student Hostel: PU has not yet sent a proposal to the Union Ministry

Punjab University (PU) has yet to send a proposal to the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for construction of hostels for Scheduled Caste (SC) students under the leadership by Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana (BJRCY).

After deliberations, the university had planned last year to send the proposal to the ministry, after which SC student data was sought from teaching departments. The departments, however, have yet to send the required details to the office of the Dean of Student Welfare (DSW), which has caused the delay.

Under the BJRCY, the ministry provides financial assistance to institutions for the construction of hostels for SC students. Now, the university’s DSW office, in a recent communication, has again searched for SC student data for the 2019-20 session by February 18.

“This is the third reminder sent to departments, but some have yet to send the required data to the DSW office,” a university official said.

Departments were also asked to provide details on the number of students, the number of those who applied for hostel accommodation, and the number of students who were assigned hostels.

The proposal to build blocks of 100 places each for boys and girls was planned at a meeting last year.

Notably, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), during its 2015 visit, had recommended the construction of more hostels on campus.

Currently, there are 17 student residences on campus: eight for boys and nine for girls as well as a hostel for working women.

The Home Building Program for SC Students is one of the ways to enable and encourage children/students belonging to the SC category to access quality education. Its main objective is to attract implementing agencies to undertake the construction of hostels, especially for SC girls, towards a broader vision of containment and reducing their dropout rate.


    Dar Ovais is a Hindustan Times correspondent based in Chandigarh covering higher education.
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