Those who haven’t got admission to hostels to get Rs. 1,500 a month

The State government will provide Rs. 1,500 a month to each post-matric student belonging to the backward classes who has failed to get admission to hostels run by the Social Welfare Department this academic year.

The amount will be released directly to the student’s bank account from this October. A decision to this effect was taken at a Cabinet meeting held here on Friday.

Minister for Social Welfare H. Anjaneya told reporters here on Saturday that the amount would be given to 20,000 students studying in government and aided colleges, universities and other institutions. Students who had failed to get admission in hostels would be given Rs. 1,500 a month for 10 months (Rs. 15,000 a year).

In view of a shortage of hostels, the department decided to grant the amount to students to enable them to continue their studies by staying in rented houses. The department would receive applications online from such students, he said.

The government had not been able to construct hostels in view of shortage of funds, the Minister said, and added that it was not difficult to get a house on rent for Rs. 1,500 in rural areas.

The income limit for category I (OBC) students had been fixed at Rs. 3.5 lakh a year and for other categories it was Rs. 1 lakh. Income certificates submitted by students would be valid for five years. The grant would be given to more number of students next year, if needed, he said.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah would launch a programme on granting funds to students on September 28.

The department runs 316 post-matric boys and 319 post-matric girls hostels in the State. Of the 635 hostels, 235 were in government buildings while 400 were in rented buildings. The department has 743 pre-matric hostels.

Mr. Anjaneya said the work on constructing 98 buildings for hostels was under way. The department needs to construct another 632 buildings and sites were available for 350 hostel projects The Minister said a plan had been prepared to construct department office buildings in each taluk. At present, the department’s offices are located in tahsildar’s office.

  • The grant will be given to 20,000 students from next month

  • The grant, to be given only for 10 months, will be transferred to students’ bank accounts