Hindu hostel to be given to AU

ALLAHABAD: The dilapidated condition of the Hindu hostel of the city would soon be a story of the past as the authorities of the trust, managing this hostel have agreed to handover the hostel to the Allahabad University.

Presently, the students, pursuing various courses at AU are allotted rooms in this hostel, constructed way back in 1901 by Bharat Ratan Madan Mohan Malviya.

“The patron of the trust, Justice (retired) Girdhar Malviya and the president of the trust K K Malviya and the secretary Rajesh Singh met the AU officials on Thursday and agreed that the hostel along with the building and the entire land could be handed over to AU on perpetual lease”, said AU PRO, Chitranjan.

In the meeting, attended by AU registrar Prof N K Shukla, Finance Officer Sunil Kant Mishra and University Engineer Naveen Singh, it has been decided that AU would take the hostel property on a lease of 29 year 11 months on a token money of Rs 30. However, the entire dues on the hostel would have to be paid by the varsity authorities.

Presently, an amount of around Rs 1.85 crores of the electricity bill is due on the hostel and AU will have to deposit the same, says the PRO.

The trust officials said that they will start the process and within next three months all the paper work would be completed and the hostel and its attached property would be handed over in the name of Allahabad University.

This hostel was established by MM Malviya way back in 1901 when he named this hostel, having 184 rooms, as MacDonnell Hindu Boarding House. Later in 1951, the name was changed to MM Malviya University College and till 1982-83, teaching faculty of AU used to take tutorial classes apart from holding seminars etc.

AU PRO added, “Now, we would be sending a formal proposal to the University Grant Commission with all the details regarding the value of property, the lease proposal etc and after formal approval, AU would be taking over the hostel from the trust”.

Sources inform that AU would be asking UGC for an amount of Rs 1.85 crores for paying the electricity charges due on the hostel for which the proposal would have the details as to what AU would be gaining against paying the bill. It is said that the property, that AU would be getting, is worth around 400 crores as per the market value. Moreover, as AU would be taking over the entire administration from the trust, the inmates would be given proper care.
The trust’s patron and Malviya’s grandson Girdhar Malviya said, “The trust had no other option but to hand over the hostel to AU on a lease. Even though students pay the hostel fee to AU, the responsibility of the building’s management falls on the trust. Without an independent source of funds, it’s difficult to meet expenses. The trust cannot even take any action against any erring inmate. Hence, we thought it was best to hand over the hostel’s management to the university on a lease.”

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