Amid Kota struggling to deal with stress among coaching students preparing for medical and engineering entrance examinations, a joint initiative “Happiness City”, by IIT and medical college students has been launched under which around 600 hostels of the coaching hub are being transformed into ‘Happiness Hostels’.
As quote by a national publication, Aman Maheshwari, IIT alumnus and coordinator of the ‘Happiness city’ initiative said that coaching students spend around 18 hours at the hostel and six hours at the coaching institute. This means that they spend most of the time at the hostels. So ‘Happiness city’ campaign is working to create a stress-free environment for students at the hostels.
Under the initiative, a group of around two dozen IIT students and over a dozen medical students have taken a step in creating an environment which wold include counselling caring, games, activities, internet, books, sports, computers and other facilities at hostels.
Out of the 600 hostels, the campaign has taken around 100 hostels on lease for developing them into ‘Happiness hostels’ while rest 500 have also agreed to transform their hostels into Happiness hostels.
A social room will be developed at the hostels where students will be provided computer, internet, printer, book, indoor games, recreational activities, wifi and other facilities.
The initiative will also focus on maintaining hygiene in the hostels and ensuring quality food to the students. A doctor would also be available on call for the students at such hostels.
The initiative has been highly appreciated by Muktanand Agarwal, the District collector of Kota. He has offered to provide assistance from Smart city project, said Jain.