Panjab University submits mega-expansion plan to UT

  • Bhartesh Singh Thakur, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 21:41 IST

Inching closer to execution of its ambitious plan for mega expansion of its campus in Sarangpur, Panjab University (PU) has submitted a detailed project report (DPR) to the Chandigarh Administration.

Land measuring about 145-acre has been allotted to the varsity by the local administration.

A metro train station, covering area of about 8.8-acre, will also come up on the campus. Sarangpur is a few km from the main campus of the PU, spread over an area of 550 acres in Sectors 14 and 25 of Chandigarh. The university has about 80 teaching and research departments. The original plan of Sector 14 for the university was prepared by Pierre Jeanneret, a Swiss architect.

"The plan which we have been submitted-before the UT administration-is for 180-acre land, which is our requirement. We are working our best to curtail it within 145-acre, which has been allotted to us. The DPR is our intent and it's still a draft - a concept. Some changes will be brought in it," said PU vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover.

When asked about the time frame, he replied, "It will depend on what kind of resources we get. Is 10 years a realistic date? It is unrealistic. In the current state, it is even difficult to pay salaries. But AC Joshi built the university in 7.5 years. It can be done. With the Centre's support, we can do it."

He also talked about generating funds for the Sarangpur campus from self-financing courses. "We are not in the profit-making business. Through these self-sustaining courses, we want to give quality education at half of the price of what private universities provide," he said.

Sarangpur vision of PU

Academic block

The PU has planned to construct a new building for University Business School (UBS), Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC), a cluster of the Chandigarh region institutions to promote and sustain excellence in research, and Advanced Centre in Interdisciplinary Sciences. Apart from this, there will be a department for advance areas in social sciences, University Centre for Performing Arts, University Centre for Open and Distance Virtual Learning and Academic Staff College. The PU had also planned a science museum over 9-acre, which is likely to be shelved.

Sports facilities

The varsity has also planned a sports complex. It is likely to have velodrome, football stadium, cricket stadium, indoor games hall and also a sports medicine and physiotherapy centre. The idea behind sports facilities is that they are kind of labs for the sports department, said an official.

18 hostels and staff housing

As per the DPR, 18 hostels have been planned on the campus. There would be four different kinds of hostels for research scholars (women), girls, research scholars (men) and boys. Total 10 hostels for research scholars (women) and girls, would have the capacity of about 250 each, and total eight hostels for research scholars (men) and boys would have the capacity of 200 each. The hostels would have less capacity as the administration is likely to put a rider on the buildings' height. There will be separate housing facility for transit faculty, inspire faculty, general faculty and post-doctoral fellows. The PU is planning to have separate one-bedroom units for post-doctoral fellows and two-bedroom units for inspire faculty. Inspire is an innovative programme developed by the Department of Science and Technology to attract talent at an early age, and to build a resource pool.

For the general faculty, there will be more than 500 units, which would include three-bedroom, two-bedroom and units for support staff.

Ancillary facilities

The space has also been earmarked for 11KV substation, overhead reservoir, daily-needs shops, primary health centre, crèche, nursery school and security posts.

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