Why is residing in a hostel mandatory at some institutes?On looking at admission notifications, in some of them, you can see the statement that it is a residential program and students are required to stay in the hostel, whether on campus or in nearby accommodation that has been arranged for them by the educational institution. I wonder why this is required. Supposing the student happens to be a resident of the city where the institute is located and has no issues with commuting to and fro, even if at late hours. I feel that it is like forcing students to pay high fees for hostel accommodation.
You may argue that the course is such that it requires working on a project with others or being available on campus for some aspects of the course that may suddenly come up. However, this is debatable. Activities like workshops and seminars are scheduled in advance and team projects can be worked on during the hours when the campus gates are open, not necessarily requiring to be present at all times once the academic classes are over.
It would be nice to get feedback from those who stayed in a campus hostel in the academic years of college or university, not about the hostel life but whether you did feel it was required to stay in the hostel.