Some five decades ago, institutions for higher education were found established only in cities and bigger towns. Students from rural areas were forced to go to cities to pursue higher education. Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji realized their plight as far back as six decades ago and set out to establish a hostel for the poor, rural students at Mysore city that offered free boarding and lodging. It is since popularly known as the Suttur Hostel (Main building) at Mysore among the student fraternity.
Even before the Mahavidyapeetha was established, His Holiness had started a number of hostels and orphanages at several places with free boarding and lodging for backward class rural children.
JSS Mahavidyapeetha was running nine free orphanages with facilities for 482 students. Seven of which were aided institutions.
There were five student hostels with 497 students, out of them two were aided. While the rest were being run by the JSS Mahavidyapeetha.
Cottages for destitute children
There were also two cottages for destitute children, one each at Suttur and Hullahalli, which were aided. There were totally 50 destitute children, with 25 in each cottage.
Free Women’s Hostel
One free hostel for differently abled working women and girl students was functioning in Mysuru. It was an aided institution, which accommodated 26 girls.
Free Education Programme
The math also has implemented a free education programme in Suttur, which is still in progress from nearly a decade. Poor children irrespective of caste, creed and religion from across the state and outside the state too were enrolled in this school. These children were provided food, shelter, uniforms, books and medical facilities free of cost. The children were helped to pursue their studies as well. Separate hostel buildings for girls and boys were provided with a total accommodation of 2972 children.
Thus totally there were 19 free orphanages and hostels run by JSS, providing facilities to 4,027 students. The annual expenditure of these hostels amounted to Rs. 252.36 lakh.
Student hostels attached to the educational institutions
Hostels attached to major educational institutions run by the Mahavidyapeetha were equipped with good boarding and lodging facilities. 35 such hostels were run under this category, with total accomodation of 6008 students in these hostels. Every year, the number of students seeking admission to these hostels is increasing. Keeping in tune with the emerging needs, boarding and other facilities are being augmented.
Details of hostels are provided in Annexure 1(A) and 1(B)