The two-storey hostel in Ganderbal.
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100 bed hostel under construction in J-K’s Ganderbal, tribal students to benefit – education

A girls’ hostel, with a capacity of 100 beds, is being built in Kangan, Ganderbal district, which aims to provide relief to students from tribal communities who travel long distances every day to study.

Students from remote areas, especially from the Gujjar and Bakarwal communities, are often unable to afford private accommodation in the district and are expected to benefit greatly from the new hostel being built under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) of the Center.

The project is being carried out by the Highway and Construction Department of the Jammu and Kashmir Administration.

According to Ishfaq Rather, the project’s junior engineer, the cost of the 597-square-meter shelter is approximately Rs 306 lakhs and it is equipped with spacious bedrooms, bathrooms on both floors, a guard room and a medical room.

“The hostel is a two-story building and has been approved by the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan. It is being built at a cost of around 306 lakhs and covers 597 square meters. Each floor has bathroom facilities. A guard room and a medical center will also be built, ”Rather said.

“About 80 percent of the construction is complete, including the frame and structure of the building. Only finishing and cleaning remain. We hope to complete it in a couple of months and the students from Wusan and Chhattargul can start arriving around March next year, ”he added.

Local residents praised the project, saying it would provide much-needed accommodation for poor students.

“Students who come from remote areas have to travel several kilometers every day to reach their educational institutions. This is an excellent step by the government, as the girls will now be able to concentrate on their studies, ”Muzzafar Ahmad, a local resident, told ANI.

Asif Ahmad, a local student, also praised the move, saying that many young girls from the Gujjar Bakarwal tribes would greatly benefit.

“Students have to travel for hours a day for their studies. Winter nights are especially difficult for girls as it gets dark early and many have dropped out of school due to this problem. This 100-bed shelter will be able to house students and will be of great help in improving the Gujjar Bakarwal community, ”said Ahmad.

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