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Posted at: Jun 10, 2019, 7:20 AM; last updated: Jun 10, 2019, 7:20 AM (IST)TARN TARAN DIARY

Girls’ hostel finds a few takers

Girls’ hostel finds a few takers
The hostel of Sri Guru Arjun Dev Government Girls Senior Secondary School. Photo: Gurbaxpuri

The girls’ hostel of Sri Guru Arjun Dev Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Tarn Taran, has failed to draw students. It has left the local authorities worried as the construction of the hostel cost the exchequer Rs 3 crore. The hostel has 32 rooms along with kitchen, store rooms, guest rooms, administrative rooms, etc. It can accommodate about 400 students, but the count of current users is only 11.

School Principal Reeta Gill said there were only six students, three paying guests from nearby college and two teachers. Gill said the income from the hostel was only Rs 36,000 whereas the expenditure was Rs 75,500. Last year, there were 14 students with six paying guests and two teachers. The issue was discussed by the managing committee of the hostel last year under the chairpersonship of the then school head, Swaraj Kaur. The committee had discussed about shutting the hostel to avoid further losses. 

The school had been running without hostel, so girls had to use the facility of nearby Mata Ganga Girls’ College for decades. The double-storey building of the hostel with 32 rooms was built due to efforts of the then Union minister, Manohar Singh Gill, who, being native to nearby Aladipur village, was well aware of the problems the girls had been facing. Manohar Gill had released grants worth Rs 3 crore for the hostel. 

The building construction was competed around 15 years ago and girls took maximum advantage of the building for years. The hostel has been wearing a deserted look for quite some time. 

Gurminder Singh Rataul, member of the school hostel committee, has written to the district authorities, demanding an inquiry into “mal-administration” by school hostel.

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