Social Welfare and Backward Classes Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary has said that the Karnataka government will do 25% more admissions to BCM hostels in the state to meet student demands.
There are 2,449 backclass hostels in the state. Despite this, about 1.20 lakh students from backward classes are waiting for accommodation facilities in the state. They benefited from the “Vidyasiri” program in the state.
However, beneficiaries of Vidyasiri scheme have requested accommodation facilities as the amount granted under Vidyasiri is not sufficient for their daily expenses. With 25% more admissions to hostels, around 21,000 students will be accommodated in hostels where possible, the minister said.
Furthermore, the minister said that 50 hostels named after the poet saint Kanakadasa, 100 hostels named after Dr. BR Ambedkar and hostels named after Deen Dayal accommodating 1,000 students each will be established in five urban areas of the state. . As the construction of Deen Dayal hostels buildings will be delayed, it was decided to use rented buildings to accommodate 500 students each to start up the hostel facilities during the year.
Various Backward Classes Welfare programs by the Backward Classes Department that have been on hold due to the pandemic for the past two years will be restarted this year, Poojary said. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has already authorized the reintroduction of all schemes that have remained suspended for the past two years.