Kolkata: The long awaited Hindu Hostel is finally ready for occupancy. A special secretary of the Education department visited the hostel on Monday morning and the necessary certificates that include occupancy, gas connection and fire, were issued.Earlier, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee had told the Assembly on Thursday that steps had been taken to open the hostel on Monday. It may be mentioned that due to agitation of the students protesting against the inordinate delay in handing over the hostel, the convocation was held at Nandan and not in the Presidency University premises. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeProfessor Anuradha Lohia, vice-chancellor of Presidency University, thanked all agencies engaged in the renovation of the century-old hostel. The boarders were temporarily put up at a hostel in Rajarhat. Partha Ranjan Das was the architect and renovation work had started three years ago. Eden Hindu Hostel was constructed in 1886 and was meant for the students of Presidency College, who came to the city from the districts. The building was built with the funds raised by Ashley Eden and the architect was W B Gwyther, while Rai Khetter Chundra Banerjee was the contractor. Now, the hostel has been thrown open to Muslim students as well. There are six blocks in the building. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe building, which had not been repaired for ages, has now been given a thoroughly new look. The old ovens have been replaced by gas ovens. The roof of the hostel, which had been badly damaged, has been repaired as well. The hostel plays an important role in Bengal’s history. The alumni includes India’s first President Rajendra Prasad, Meghnad Saha, Sukhamoy Chakraborty and Rathin Sengupta. Many meritorious students who hailed from erstwhile East Bengal, came to study at Presidency College and used to stay at the hostel. It was here that Subhas Chandra Bose, a former student of Presidency College, had picked up a quarrel with Professor Otten and was expelled from the institution.