Yogiji Maharaj often declared, "Yuvako maru hriday chhe" - “Youths are my heart.” To cater for their all-round development, he established BAPS Student Hostels. The first such hostel was inaugurated in Vallabh Vidyanagar on 20 June 1965, followed by the second one in Gondal on 12 June 1966. Since then, Pramukh Swami Maharaj has expanded upon this work and BAPS now operates student hostels in Atladra, Mahesana, Nadiad, Surat, Bhavnagar, Ukai, Junagadh, Mount Abu, Bangalore and other places. These student hostels serve as centers where students are guided to progress in their academic and personal lives, encouraged to develop their talents and skills and to become productive members of society.
To launch the year-long 50th (golden) anniversary celebrations of the first BAPS student hostel, a special assembly was held at Akshar Farm, Vidyanagar, on 1 February 2015 in the presence of Pujya Mahant Swami and Pujya Tyagvallabh Swami.
The evening program presented the initial history of the student hostels in Vidyanagar and Gondal through a drama and dances. The performances were presented by current students of the Vidyanagar, Atladra and Nadiad student hostels.
Pujya Mahant Swami addressed the assembly of several thousand students and devotees, highlighting the purpose of the hostels and their outstanding contributions to society over the years.