In a bid to promote management research and analysis Sri Ram College of Commerce is planning a state-of-the-art-management centre in the campus grounds.
Although the management will have an internal meeting on June 22 on the decision, the plans are almost in its final stages. A project of Rs 4 crore, the centre will be equipped to handle world-class management studies. According to the Principal, P.C. Jain, “If we have to live up to high education standards that SRCC has set for itself in the last several years, we need to keep upgrading the facilities.”
The management building, so far planned in the present parking space, will have four floors and each level will be designed for a specific purpose. One of the levels will house the management centre that will have four lecture theatres for regular classes and 10 syndicate rooms for discussions and seminar presentations and several other amenities. Another floor will be the computer centre with a state of art research facilities.
“It will also have a resource centre where students can have access to world wide research facilities. We are roping in specialists for the project as we want to provide the best to our students,” said Jain. A research centre will occupy one floor. Principal Jain said, “The idea to create a centre exclusively for research on campus was first suggested by President APJ Abdul Kalam on his visit to the college on March 19 this year. He appreciated the work we were doing and wanted us to build on our research and analysis facilities.”
The college hopes to work on its research infrastructure to encourage more PhD students to enrol in the study programmes offered by the college, which includes commerce and economics so far. According to the plans, the utilities and administration work shall be carried out on the fourth floor.
So far, the college authorities are planning to construct the management centre on the existing parking space. The process of inviting tenders for various projects have started but a final decision on the plans shall be subject to the approval and suggestions taken at the meeting.
“For any nation, any institute to progress, a long term vision is very essential. The facilities we build shall remain there for a very long time, just like the college itself, which is now 80 years old,” said Jain.