Hostels to remain open for students from drought-hit areas of Maharashtra

Though the facility is for Science students hailing from drought-affected areas until their medical and engineering exams are over, other hostel dwellers will also benefit

There is some really good news for Std XII Science students hailing from drought-affected areas of the state. The State government has ordered all state-run schools to not ask HSC students to vacate the hostel after examinations are over and keep the hostels open till the medical and engineering examinations are over.

This order comes in the wake of the financial crisis the drought-affected families are facing and to let students get a better environment to prepare for the competition. Pic for representation
This order comes in the wake of the financial crisis the drought-affected families are facing and to let students get a better environment to prepare for the competition. Pic for representation

This order comes in the wake of the financial crisis the drought-affected families are facing and to let students get a better environment to prepare for the competition.

Yatin Bhoir, a class XII student who lives in Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Government Boys’ hostel, said, “It is good news. Since we register for the entrance examinations with the college’s help, the examination centres are generally in the same locality. Vacating the hostel as soon as HSC examination gets over would have meant going back to our villages and then returning just to appear for the examination, which is not only time consuming but also stressful -- physically as well as financially.”

Though this change was made for these reasons but it will also benefit other students residing in hostels. Those who didn’t opt for Science or are not from drought-affected areas can also stay back and prepare for their respective examinations.

Another student, Rajesh Ingawle, said, “While this comes specifically for science faculty students, with hostels remaining open anyway, other faculty students preparing for different examinations will be able to take advantage of it.”

As per the order by the state’s Social Welfare department to associated hostels, the hostels have to provide accommodation as well as food and other facilities after HSC examinations too. The order stated, “The government hostel services will have to remain open until the engineering and medical entrance examinations are over. The local authorities need to ensure that students are provided with hostel services until then.”

Aniket Ovhal, secretary of Mumbai region of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) that had been asking the government to grant this demand, said, “Hostel services remaining open till entrance examinations are conducted will not only help the students financially, but will also offer them a better atmosphere to prepare for their exams.”

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