The management of Koneru Lakshmaiah University (KLU) is constructing a hostel exclusively for North Indian students and the new premises would be opened soon, said KLU vice-president Koneru Raja Hareen.

The hostel with capacity to accommodate 350 is coming up at Tadepalli village.

There are about 150 students hailing from Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and other States presently enrolled in various courses, said Mr. Hareen.

Speaking to the newsmen here on Friday, he said the strength of students from north India was likely to cross 300 during the current year. The management, accordingly, decided to provide the hostel with separate mess with North Indian dishes. He said in the engineering counselling which commenced recently, students who secured good ranks in Eamcet, JEE and KLUEEE were given admission in the KLU. Priority was accorded to sports personalities, cultural, NCC and ex-servicemen quotas, he said.

University Chancellor G.L. Dutta said response for counselling was good and the institution was maintaining good infrastructure, faculty and research and sports facilities.

Vice-Chancellor L.S.S. Reddy said the demand for Agriculture Engineering and Petroleum Engineering which were introduced from this year was good and many students were opting for new courses.

Chief counsellor K. Subba Rao, Dean (academics) K. Rama Krishna, Dean (admissions) P. Srinivasulu and Principal A. Anand Kumar were present in the press conference.

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