A women's hostel, constructed at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore at Bharathiar University here with partial funding from the Centre, was today inaugurated by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. Javadekar opened the hostel comprising a built-up area of 25,000 sq ft, with modern facilities via video conferencing from New Delhi. It comprises 52 rooms to accommodate 160 students and a kitchen with modern cooking facilities.
Other facilities include reverse osmosis unit for continuous supply of quality water and a common dining, a varsity press release said. The hostel, named after Vasuki, wife of Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar, was partially funded under the Rashtriya Uchchttar Siksha Abhiyaan (RUSA) scheme. As of now, the university has nine hostels which accommodate over 2,600 students, with 60 per cent of girls, of which 1,776 students are accommodated in four hostels. A new hostel for boys at a cost of nearly Rs. Eight crore with a capacity of 240 has been constructed and is ready for occupation, the release said.