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Manipal varsity to make hostel stay compulsory

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It will help in keeping track of students: Ballal

H.S. Ballal
H.S. Ballal

In the light of the kidnap and gang-rape of a medical student in Manipal on June 20, Manipal University has decided to make hostel stay compulsory for students from the academic year 2013-14.

There are a total of 17,962 students from 52 English-speaking countries studying in 17 different colleges in Manipal University. Of the 17,962 students, 15,000 stay in the hostel on the university campus. And there are around 1,000 day scholars and nearly 2,000 students stay in private accommodation such as houses or flats outside the campus.

At present the varsity does not have enough hostel accommodation for all its students. There are 32 blocks of hostels on the university campus. These hostels can accommodate about 15,000 students. Even among these hostels, some are very posh providing single rooms with air-condition and Wifi Internet facilities. G.K. Prabhu, Registrar of Manipal University, said that under the existing policy, hostel stay is compulsory for students for the first year. After that, it is optional. According to Pro Chancellor of Manipal University H.S. Ballal, a two-year stay is compulsory for medical students, after that it is optional. But all that will change soon.

The varsity is constructing two new hostels in the area between the administrative block of Manipal University and the Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS). According to G.K. Prabhu, Registrar of Manipal University, these two new hostels would accommodate about 1,000 students.

“We will be making hostel stay compulsory from the academic year 2013-14. Then it will be made compulsory in a phased manner. But we cannot force students who are now living in their private accommodations to shift to hostel. But if they come on their own, it is fine”, Mr. Prabhu said.

The university is expected to have adequate hostel facility by 2014“If students stay in hostels, we can keep track of them. It is better from the disciplinary point of view. We will also be providing hostel accommodation for women medical internees from the next academic year”, Prof. Ballal said.

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