President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to open the South Eastern University by the end of this month. It is the first of the 60 hostels to be constructed for university students. These hostels will be able to provide accommodation to 24,000 students.
First phase of the construction of 30 hostels for university students is be completed shortly. More than 24,000 undergraduates would benefit from 60 new hostels to be completed by September 2015, Additional Secretary of the Higher Education Ministry P. G. Jayasinghe said. The construction of about 30 hostels was nearing completion under the first phase of the project.
The government had to pay Rs. 1,200 million annually for rented accommodation for undergrads at present, but it was difficult to find suitable places in the surroundings of Rajarata, Sabaragamuwa and Wayamba Universities, the Additional Secretary said.
"In keeping with a concept of Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake, we launched the 60-hostel project to save the vast sums spent on rent and provide children with comfortable and safe accommodation, he added.
Jayasinghe said that 400 students each could be accommodated in new four storeyed hostel with all modern facilities. The cost of one building was Rs. 220 million and the construction company had given a 50-year warranty, he said.
The International Construction Consortium (ICC) and Sanken Lanka have been contracted to build 30 hostels under the first phase, Jayasinghe said, promising that each building would be completed in 12 months.