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Early May saw an increase in both the semester mess advance (SMA) and the hostel subsidy for all students. The increase was primarily because of the increased food and

labour costs in the messes. All hostels, irrespective of whether the messes were privately or
government run faced this increase.

An increase of Rs. 2000 to Rs. 10000 in the SMA was made since it was found that
uniformly in all hostels, the prices of raw materials had gone up and the mess bill of
students was more than the earlier mess advance of Rs. 8000.

Hostel subsidies were increased from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 6000. For govt. hostels this money
is used to pay 70% of the mess workers’ salaries and 30% of the same is borne by the
institute. The last hike in hostel subsidy was made some years back while mess workers’
salaries were constantly increased; hence there was a sudden increase in hostel subsidy.
As for private messes, this amount of Rs. 6000 is credited back to the SMA in bulk. Since, an
increase of fees must be uniform across hostels; a uniform increase was made in the hostel
subsidy for all students.