Shillong, Sep 3 (IANS) The North Eastern Council (NEC), the nodal agency for economic and social development of the region, Monday announced that it would construct a hostel exclusively for students from the region in Karnataka capital Bangalore.
The proposed hostel would accommodate around 1,700 students and would come up in an area of 39,900 square metres at the Jnana Bharati main campus of Bangalore University along the Mysore road, a NEC official said.
Under an agreement entered between the NEC and Bangalore University, NEC would sanction Rs.32.14 crore for the construction, while the varsity would provide the land free of cost.
The hostel would be constructed by the engineering wing of the university.
"The council had mooted the idea of having such a hostel at Bangalore University way back in 2008. But with recent incidence of student's plight in Karnataka and other states, the NEC took up the proposal with urgency and the university's senate gave its approval," NEC secretary, Uttam K. Sangma told reporters here.
Sangma added the council was also exploring the possibility of having similar hostels in Mumbai, Pune and Mysore.
"We would be exploring the possibilities of having similar hostels in Mumbai, Pune and Mysore," the NECO official said.
He said the hostel in Bangalore would have separate blocks for girls and boys and would be equipped with modern facilities like rain water harvesting, solar water heater system, CCTVs and an indoor stadium.
"The issue of security would also be given due importance," he said.
Bangalore University Registrar B.C. Mylarappa said that there were about 9,000 students from the northeast studying in different colleges affiliated to the varsity.
Earlier, NEC helped in the construction of a 500-capacity girls' hostel in Delhi university and a 501-capacity working women's hostel in Jasola area of the national capital.
Currently, a women's hostel for 500 students is underway in the south campus of Delhi university.