Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University has announced that it would waive hostel fees for students for the academic year 2013-14. The historic decision was taken at a Bamu management council meeting here today. Registrar Dr D R Mane said, "In the wake of serious drought situation, students who will seek admission to hostels for the year 2013-14 will not be charged any fees."
Merit list students will be preferred for free hostel admission. There are five hostel buildings on the University premises having capacity to admit 1,000 students. Normally, the students pay in advance annual fees of Rs 2,250 for hostel admission. Students who are pursuing graduation level courses need not pay for the coming year. Instead, they will have to participate in social service daily for one hour. Moreover, the university has planned to supply one water tanker daily to a nearby village affected by drought. This is a social initiative taken by the BAMU. Research scholarship, which has not been allotted for the past few years, will be restarted. There are 41 departments in the University which impart postgraduate education. The MC has also taken a decision to provide bus passes to students staying in BAMU hostel.