A hostel to accommodate 1,000 boys is set to come up on the IIEST campus in Shibpur.
All rooms in the hostel will be single occupancy, a decision prompted by Covid-19 norms. An MoU for the hostel was signed at the Howrah campus on Wednesday between the institute authorities and CPWD, which has already conducted soil testing and workers have started clearing the area earmarked for the structure.
There are 2,500 undergraduate students at IIEST. The hostel, a 10-storey building, is coming up at a cost of Rs 130 crore on the eastern-most part of the campus behind the central library. This will help accommodate those 30% UG students who couldn’t be accommodated on campus because of space crunch. “Single accommodation to our students is a priority now. The hostel will be ready in 30 months. Numbers on campus have increased, but not accommodation. We are addressing this first among many other plans,” said IIEST director Partha Sarathi Chakrabarti.
Some buildings that had been taken over by the institute for other purposes are now under renovation to create more accommodation for UG students. “We are looking at a system where the programmes will be totally residential. Today we are unable to provide accommodation to about 30% boys and about 20% go home because they stay nearby. This is not an ideal situation,” said Tapas Roy, superintending engineer and a faculty member of the civil engineering department.
A girls’ hostel for 600 students is also among the plans. “We have converted some boys’ hostels for girls and hence the problem of accommodating them is not that pressing. But we have already floated our plan,” the director said.
The ministry of education has sanctioned grants for the hostel to accommodate 1,000 students and the first phase of the grants is slated to reach the institute at the beginning of the coming financial year. “Space is not a constraint on our campus. So we have asked the ministry to sanction another project for an academic complex in the coming financial year,” the director said.
Source: Times of India