The scheme of construction of hostels is one of the means to enable and encourage students belonging to scheduled castes to attain quality ed ucation. The scheme for construction of hostels for girls is in operation from 3rd Five Year Pl an while for boys, the same was started from the year 1989-90. The earlier centrally sponsored sche me of hostels for SC boys and girls has been revised and is renamed as "Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatravas Yojna' w.e.f. 01.01.08. The main modifications included in the revised scheme are- (a) 100% central assist ance to States/UTs and Central Universities and 90% to deemed universiti es and private bodies fo r construction of girls hostel and (b) period of construction of hostels has been decreased from existing 5 years to 2 years.