Ravenshaw pins hope on CM for 2nd campus - The New Indian Express

Ravenshaw pins hope on CM for 2nd campus

Published: 22nd September 2013 10:31 AM

Last Updated: 22nd September 2013 10:31 AM

With the proposed second campus still a non-starter, Ravenshaw University has pinned its hope on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to set the project in motion.

University authorities expect the Chief Minister to lay the foundation stone for the much-needed expansion on its Foundation Day on November 15. The CM’s direct involvement would impel the Government machinery to expedite processes for establishment of the campus.

The Government had announced allocation of 126.40 acre of land at Naraj about two years back but the land is yet to be transferred to the University. About 6.80 acre belonging to the Cuttack Development Authority (CDA), which cuts through the allocated land for the project, is at the centre of the delay as alternative land to be provided to the city development agency in exchange is yet to be finalised.

In fact, the Chief Minister was to lay the foundation stone for the second campus last year but it was called off. “We have already sent our request to him this year. If he does agree, the works will gain momentum,” Vice-Chancellor Prof BC Tripathy said.

Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) Arabinda Padhee also held discussion on the second campus with authorities of the Ravenshaw University on Friday. A meeting under the Chief Secretary will be held soon to resolve the issues relating to transfer of land and expedite the project work, Tripathy said.

The administration has identified the land at Brajabiharipur that should be provided to CDA in lieu of 6.80 acre to Ravenshaw University.

A final decision on this would be taken at the Chief Secretary’s meeting.

The second campus has become a dire necessity for the premier institution of higher learning in the State, which is billed to be developed as a Centre of Excellence. The present campus, spanning around 100 acre with 7,000 students, is being stretched to the limits.

With focus on specialised streams for promoting higher academic pursuits as well as research, the University has already started introducing schools in different fields.

While the School of International Studies has been launched this year, there are plans to establish similar centres as School of Life Sciences, School of Astrophysics, School of Policy Planning Studies, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Computer Sciences and School of Architecture.

The second campus would have a strength of more than 2,000 students. While the University has pegged ` 180 crore for the project, the Government has sanctioned only around `1.20 crore till now.

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