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glittering combination of achievers in public service, industry
and arts have been appointed to St Stephen's College alumni
executive to help it ramp up its infrastructure and meet its
target of becoming a world-class institution by 2050.
It's first time in Delhi for Nagaland residents Marisha and her
father. At a loss on where to stay while seeking admission in
Delhi University, St. Stephen's College came to their rescue with
their hostel-turned-hotel facility for aspiring students and their
Started on an experimental basis, the St.Stephen's initiative of
throwing open one of its six hostels, or residence as they are
more popularly known, for accommodating aspiring students and
their guardians has got a good response.
The residence is empty around this time of the year since the
students go home after exams for the summer break.
"It's a brilliant initiative. We came to know of this facility
through the college website and applied for it. So we have been
saved from the hassle of running around for accommodation and food
and can concentrate on what we have come here for - admissions,"
Marisha David told IANS.
Allnut South Girls residence's 42 rooms have been thrown open for
the proxy accommodation purpose. It is, however, open to only
those students who have qualified for interview in St.Stephen's.
"It was the principal's idea to turn the residence into
accommodation for students and their guardians who come here
during admissions. The idea was to help the outstation people, who
face a lot of inconvenience during this time," an official of the
college told IANS.
Namita Verma, the warden of the hostel, said: "There are 21 single
and 21 double rooms. The charge for a single room is Rs.500 per
day and for a double room Rs.750. An additional Rs.200 is charged
for the meals which include breakfast, lunch and dinner."
Some rooms are reserved for women.
"Anywhere you go, even if to not-very-good-hotels in places like
Karol Bagh, you won't get a double room for less than Rs.1,500.
And then you have the headache of eating out. Moreover, it helps
the college in getting some funds," she added.
While 36 families have booked rooms until now, officials say that
it is an ongoing process.
The accommodation facility started June 13 and is made available
until July 4, when the admission process gets over.
Shalini Dey, who has come for her daughter's admission in the
reputed college and is staying in the residence, said that other
colleges could emulate the idea.
"Our elder son is a student of another college here and I remember
when we came for his admission last year, the search for a hotel
close by, the running to and fro in the campus, and for food were
such a headache," she said.
Sitting at the college's cafeteria and eating scrambled egg on
toast for breakfast, Dey told IANS: "But this time things are much
smoother. We just did the bookings here on the internet before
coming and henceforth didn't have to step out of the college gate
However, unlike a hotel, there are some restrictions here -- one
of them being no smoking and drinking anywhere in the campus.
Guests are also asked to return to the rooms latest by 10 p.m.
"We are okay with the rules. In fact, it's good they have these
restrictions because it just helps maintain the sanctity of the
place and has a good family environment," said Stephen David, a
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