STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Government Eyes Utkal Land for First Women's Varsity

Published: 06th April 2015 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th April 2015 09:15 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: The Higher Education Department is eyeing a piece of land on Utkal University premises for establishing the extended campus of the proposed Rama Devi (RD) Women’s University.

Earlier this year during its Project Approval Board (PAB) meeting, the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) had given its approval for upgrading RD Women’s College to a women’s university under Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). An area of 100 acres is required for the purpose while the college campus is located on an area of 28 acres.

Sources said the department had unofficially approached the Utkal University authorities to divert 50 acres of land from its campus area of 399.9 acres for the proposed women’s university. But Utkal University did not allow to use its land, Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahy said adding that the Department would again officially approach the authorities of the State’s premier university for the purpose.

“Getting land in Utkal University will be convenient for setting up the women’s university taking the distance factor into consideration. We are also exploring possibility of taking over a Government school land located in the vicinity of RD Women’s College. Establishing the second campus for the proposed university on the outskirts of the city will not be appropriate because girls would not find it feasible to travel long distance. Hence, we are looking for land within Bhubaneswar,” said Panigrahy.

The Minister said as Utkal University will get a rural campus in around 100 acres of land at Chandikhole this year, it can divert some land on the existing campus that is lying unused. The announcement regarding rural campus for Utkal University was recently made by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The Minister said while the women’s university can be opened this year on the existing college area of 28 acres, land will certainly be a problem once expansion plans for the university are made. “For the time being, an area of 28 acres is sufficient for opening an university,” he said, adding that the matter will be pursued with the State Government soon.

The RD Women’s College will get Rs 55 crore to be upgraded to university each year for a period of three years and Rs 18.3 crore has been sanctioned by the MHRD for first phase work.

Campus Map

An area of 100 acres is required for the purpose while the college campus is located on an area of 28 acres

As Utkal University will get a rural campus in around 100 acres of land at Chandikhole this year, it can divert some land on the existing campus that is lying unused

While the women’s university can be opened this year on existing college area of 28 acres, land will certainly be a problem once expansion plans for the university are made



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp