New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will inaugurate a 400-bed hostel for the female students of the state at Jamia Millia Islamia on Saturday, reports said.
According to a report in a national daily, The Hindu, the plan for the hostel was first conceived in 2012, when a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Jamia and the Ministry of Home Affairs during UPA government. A senior Ministry official said the project was expedited after Mr Singh’s visits to the State over the past two years.
“When it comes to addressing the youth in the State, women largely remain unaddressed. It was felt that many students from rural areas who want to pursue higher education are unable to do so due to lack of safe residential options in Delhi. This hostel will address these concerns,” the report quoted an official from the Home ministry.
The MoU was signed in presence of former Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and former Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung.
The report said that the funds for the hostel were borne by the State government initially. They were later reimbursed by the Home Ministry.