A new hostel is coming soon on the grounds of JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) campus, which will have its 75 percent of the seats reserved for the students from North-Eastern states.
The foundation stone of the new hostel was laid by Union Minister Jitendra Singh who said that the new hostel will be operational in about 20 months.
The name of the new hostel is Barak, which is the name of the river in north-east.
The estimated cost of constructing the new hostel is INR 29 crore and 75 percent of the rooms of the hostel will be reserved for the students from north-east, said Singh, the Union Minister of state for the development of north-eastern region (DoNER).
The hostel will have five floors with the capacity of accommodating 400 students (both boys and girls).
On the occasion Singh said, "there is much to learn from the people of the north-east, adding that scholars from the region were enriching the top educational institutions of Delhi with their contributions".
He also praised the women of the north-eastern states and said that issue of women empowerment is often talked about in other states but in north-eastern states it is no more the issue as the women of the states are already empowered.
On the occasion JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, the secretary, DoNER, the secretary of North East council and five MPs of the region were also present.