Kalam university to have institute of advanced studies

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Oct 16, 2015 16:17 IST
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav awarding the students of architecture college for designing the Kalam Memorial. (HT photo/ Deepak Gupta)

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University in Lucknow will soon have an institute of advanced studies, a centre of innovation and undertake research work/collaborative projects so that engineering students are encouraged to think differently. A skill development institute will also be established on the Noida Campus of the university in near future.

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said this on the occasion of the former President’s 84th birth anniversary while laying the foundation for Dr Kalam Memorial at the under-construction university on Thursday. He said financial assistance would be given to the university. “If the state has to develop, then engineering students will have to play an important role. They have the power to transform UP,” said the chief minister.

The CM recalled the 9-point development mantra for the state that was given to him by Dr Kalam. Yadav said the former President asked him to provide clean drinking water to all villagers, set up solar power plants to illuminate rural UP. Chief secretary Alok Ranjan said a committee of expert professors from IITs and IIMs had been set up to steer the university to a new height.

He said to improve the condition of rivers in the city, a river development cell will be established in the university. Minister for technical education Shivakant Ojha also addressed the gathering.

Kalam’s aide and IIM-Ahmedabad graduate Srijan Pal Singh, who worked with the ‘Missile Man’ for seven years and co-authored three books with him, said Kalam had lot of expectations from the youth of UP. On the occasion, his book was also released.

As a mark of tribute to Dr Kalam on his birth anniversary, vice-chancellor Vinay Kumar Pathak urged private engineering colleges affiliated to the Kalam university to adopt a village near their institutions. He also praised RR Institute of Modern Technology that has adopted Mohammadpur village on Kumrahwa Road under Bakshi Ka Talab tehsil.

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