Aravali Hostel, one of the largest as well as currently the best hostel within Rajiv Gandhi South Campus, BHU with having accommodation facilities of 211 rooms. Its foundation stone was laid on Aug. 06, 2012, by Dr. Lal Ji Singh; then vice-chancellor of BHU, and was inaugurated on Aug. 23, 2013. Present-day, 383 students are residing in Aravali hostel in the academic year 2019-20 from various courses, such as :
- BSc. Agriculture
- BVSc. & A.H.
- B.Pharma (Ayurveda)
- MSc. Tech.
- MSc. PBT
- MSc. SWC
- MSc. AGF
- Post Graduation Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication
- PG diploma in psychology
Focusing on the infrastructure of the hostel, it consists of ground and three floors above, built in a rectangular layout and sky-open in the centre. Washrooms are situated at every corner of each floor, taking a total of 16 washrooms in the hostel; students are allowed to use any of the washrooms, two on each floor having a geyser facility. Every room is equal in size, consists of a fan, a window, and a couple of beds, tables, chairs, tube lights, and charging sockets as well. The hostel fee charged by the University is very minimal per annum which includes your electricity bill and all of the maintenance charges.
Also to overcome problems regarding power cut, a generator is installed for the hostel use, having the capacity to supply power for about 4 hours to the whole hostel. Recently, solar panels are invested all over the terrace of the hostel building but are currently not in use due to some technical issues. If you counter any problem with respect to accommodation services, you have the right to write a formal letter in the name of the admin warden of the hostel and it would be resolved soon.
Keeping the vast framework of ARAVALI in mind, a specific sweeper is assigned to each floor, making it easier for maintaining the cleanliness of each floor, the sweepers are also held responsible for sweeping the rooms daily, additionally, if you detect your floor or washroom dirty, you can call them to clean up.
At the start of an academic session, after completing all the necessary processes, to get into the hostel, you have to fill three copies of the dossier form and submit them to the administrative assistant along with your documents, another one to the hostel attendant.
Currently, there in ARAVALI, 3 mess is being run, one on the first floor and remaining on the ground floor itself. Students can join any of them. They provide a variety of meals and charges lie between ₹2700 to ₹3000 depending upon the mess you select. The mess provides three meals a day, morning breakfast between 8.00 am to 10.00 am lunch from 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm and dinner between 08.00 pm and 10.00 pm.
Moreover, the facility of water purifiers is available on each floor except the top floor. Coming to the recreational facilities, ARAVALI has 3 badminton courts, two within the hostel building and one just outside the building, a volleyball court and carrom chess board, table tennis, football, cricket, etc. Pieces of equipment are provided to students against the collection of their passbooks. Also, there is a common hall, where the T.T. table is installed also T.V. is available, we have not seen it working for 6 months but sources say that it is used during I.P.L. matches.
Some festivals are celebrated in the hostel, such as Janmashtami, Hostel Night and Saraswati Puja. mainly organized by BSc. Ag. Students but the whole hostel are invited to the celebration. The hostel is decorated with ribbons and lighting and seems very adorable. The hostel premises also comprise scenic beauty including lawn, rose beds, marigold beds, and various plants. They are regularly maintained by the hostel attendants. Hostel attendants are available 24×7 during an academic session.
Hostel entry is permitted from 6 am to 10 pm, whereas you are allowed to enter the hostel in emergency and exceptional situations. A security guard is assigned from the university security services, present at the entrance gate of the hostel compound, that too for 24×7, irrespective of any weather conditions.