[Following is a Jamia press release dated Nov 8, 2012]
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has sanctioned a sum of Rs.26 Crores to Jamia Millia Islamia under the General Development Scheme (under the XIIth Plan) for the purpose of building Girls Hostel on the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia.
This is by far one of the biggest grants that the university has received from the UGC for expanding living facilities for students, especially girl students on campus. The news has been received with great excitement by everyone on campus.
It is to be noted that the Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi intervened and ensured that this money is sanctioned to the university at the earliest.
Under the current admission policy, 10% of the total number of seats in each course are reserved for women applicants who are Muslims, which means a higher enrollment of girl students in the University. Additional hostel facilities for girl students will ensure that girl students coming from different parts of the country to study at Jamia will be able to find residential accommodation on campus.
Presently, the University has five girls’ hostels which have a total capacity of over 500.
Currently, the following facilities are available in the girls’ hostel of the University.
1. Reading Rooms
2. Cyber café
4. R.O. Water:
5. Pantry with gas connection
6. Canteen cum utility store
7. Laundry services (Fully automatic Washing machines)
8. Recreational Open spaces and lawns
9. Guest Room
11. Air Conditioned Common Rooms
12. Recreational Open spaces
This additional amount of 26 crores will go a long way in expanding these hostel facilities for girls.