To provide separate hostel accommodation for engineering and medical students, the State Cabinet on Thursday decided to open 60 hostels of 100-capacity each.

One hostel each for boys and girls would be opened in each district to provide hostel accommodation for students studying in government, aided and private engineering and medical colleges.

In order to ensure good study environment for engineering and medical students, a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has decided to separate medical and engineering students from other post-metric students.

Addressing presspersons after the meeting, Minister for Social Welfare H Anjaneya said a large number of students studying professional courses have been denied hostel facility. Many students have been provided accommodation along with other post-metric students.

He said 25 per cent of seats in hostels would be reserved for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students.

Irrespective of the caste, students belonging to economically backward families are eligible to receive admission in government run hostels. Library, computer, drawing table, and other facilities would be provided in each hostel, Mr Anjyaneya said.

For recruitment of staff and establishment of hostels, the Cabinet has sanctioned Rs. 6.87 crore for girls’ hostels and Rs 6.70 crore for boys’ hostels during the 2013-14.

Towards food expenses, Rs 1,000 a month would be provided for each medical and engineering student. A sum of Rs 37.61 lakh and Rs 36.16 lakh would be required for management of boys’ and girl’s hostels a year, the Minister said.

The Government would construct hostel buildings in the next four years. Hostels would be constructed near colleges. Non-availablity of lands was a major shortcoming, he said.

Other major Cabinet decisions are: the Cabinet approved rules framed for Sand Mining Policy to check illegal mining of sand. The district level committee headed by Deputy Commissioner of each district would monitor, auction and fix prices for sand.

The Cabinet approved a hi-tech slaughter house in Tumkur and the government decided to pay arrears of guest lecturers in aided and government first grade colleges.