The new women's hostel has been named after Muthavarapu Swarna Devi, who donated the highest amount.
A hostel for degree girl students and working women built by the Kamma Vidyardhi Sahaya Sangham in Journalist Colony a stone's throw away from Siddhartha Arts and Science College was inaugurated by office-bearers of the association, on Thursday.
The hostel has been named after Muthavarapu Swarna Devi, who donated the highest amount for the hostel. Her son Muthvarapu Murali Krishna and daughter-in-law performed the house-warming ceremony .
Addressing a press conference after the puja office-bearers Nalluri Venkateswarlu, Parvataneni Prabhas and vice-president Yalamanchili Gauranga Babu said that the primary objective of the hostel was to provide free accommodation and subsidised foods to economically backward students of the community. They said that the Rs.1.15 crore required for construction and furnishing of the hostel was donated by members of the association. Some amount was given from the regular income of the association . The hostel was named after the donor who gave Rs. 10 lakh, the four floors after donors who gave Rs. 3 lakh and the rooms were named after the donor who paid Rs. 1.5 lakh, Mr. Prabhas said. There would be separate rooms for a library and reading, indoor games and for Internet browsing with PCs and laptops, they said. The hostel had 28 rooms with 4 beds each.
Mr. Venkateswarlu said that the Kamma Vidyardhi Sahaya Sangham would foot 60 per cent of the food cost and the students had to pay only 40 per cent. For a few meritorious students who were economically backward even the food would be given free. The association has regular income in the form of rent from the Gandikota Complex and the Commercial Taxes Office Building in Gunadala. Noted film exhibitor and the association committee co-opted member Yelamanchili Ramachandra Rao was present.