Yoga guru Ramdev plans to set up university along Yamuna Expressway

  • Vinod Rajput, Hindustan Times, Greater Noida
  • Updated: May 19, 2016 22:27 IST
Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth has expressed interest in buying 150 acres along the Yamuna Expressway. (HT Photo)

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has expressed interest in setting up a university along the Yamuna Expressway. The Yamuna expressway industrial development authority (Yeida) on Thursday said that officials of Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Yogpeeth are interested in buying 150 acres along the Yamuna Expressway.

According to Patanjali Yogpeeth, the university will be a one-of-its-kind educational institute that will be set up in the next five years. The promoters claim it will offer education that is a blend of western and eastern schools of thought.

“Acharya Balkrishna (Baba Ramdev’s associate) called me and said that they are working on a proposal to buy 150 acres land for an international-standard university along the Yamuna Expressway. We have invited them for a visit. He is expected to visit the site next week,” said Arun Vir Singh, chief executive officer (CEO), Yeida.

The authority said that it has possession of 350 hectares (over 864 acres) of land in sectors 24 and 24A located along the expressway.

“We have already allotted 100 acres to Uttar Pradesh electronics corporation (UPEC) to set up electronics manufacturing clusters in sector 24. We have enough land to make available to Patanjali for an educational project. However, it is up to Patanjali to take a final decision on the land,” said Singh.

Baba Ramdev’s spokesperson, SK Tijarawala, said, “We are looking for land for a university in many cities, including along the Yamuna Expressway. We will take a final decision on the land only after examining all benefits attached to a location or town. We will have to take a well-thought out decision because the university will be of a world-class standard.”

Yeida officials are upbeat about the proposal.

“We are certainly happy with the proposal because it will help us in branding the area along the Yamuna Expressway. We will first make a presentation on the benefits to Acharya Balkrishna in our Greater Noida office and later take him to the site,” said Singh.

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