The deed of lease finally signed, the Hindu hostel now belongs to the University of Allahabad

The Deed of Lease for the formal transfer of the Hindu Hostel and its adjoining land to Allahabad University (AU) at a nominal rent of 1 per year for the next 29 years and 11 months has now been signed.

The ensuing legal formalities were completed on December 21, AU public relations officer Professor Jaya Kapoor said on the eve of the birth anniversary of Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya, who had built the inn in 1901. It is in his honor that the Hindu inn is officially known. like “Madan Mohan Malviya University Hostel”.

Allahabad University had launched efforts to officially take over the Trust-owned Hindu hostel after the executive council, the central university’s top decision-making body, in a meeting convened on November 23, 2021, approved unanimously the proposal in this regard.

The decision to take over the 184 double room hostel (with a capacity of 368 students) was first mooted and proposed by the Madan Mohan Malaviya Hindu Boarding Society (a trust) more than 25 years ago. Subsequently, the company regularly sent communications on this subject. With no initiated action from the university, there was no development in this regard for years.

When Professor Sangita Srivastava took office as Vice-Chancellor on November 30, 2020, a proposal to this effect was again sent. She followed him to pave the way for its official takeover in hire by AU.

“The hostel building will need restoration work in addition to clearing the pending electricity bill of approx. 2.5 crore before it can be opened to be awarded to students. Several proposals are also under consideration to use the available land for research and education projects,” Prof Kapoor said.

“Final decisions in this regard will be made in the near future as the university prepares for the implementation of the New National Education Policy (NEP)-2020 in the 2023-24 session,” it said. -she adds.

The Hindu hostel was built by the visionary nationalist leader and pedagogue Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya in 1901 at the cost of 2.5 lakh raised entirely in the form of donations to help students coming from all over the country to find easy accommodation. At the time, its name was MacDonnell Hindu Boarding House. In 1951, its name was changed to Madame Mohan Malaviya University College.

Until 1982-83, UA teachers visited the hostel frequently to conduct seminars and give tutoring classes. However, in recent years it has fallen into disrepair with most of the toilets unusable and the building in disrepair due to lack of proper maintenance. The significance of this transfer can be gauged from the fact that the cost of a land of only 10.10 acres of the inn located in the heart of the city is estimated at crores.

Linda G. Ibarra