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DAVV campus to become more student-friendly

LIFE ON campus at Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) is in for a sea change with construction of two new canteens, gardens and sports complex on the anvil.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 15:32 IST

LIFE ON campus at Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) is in for a sea change with construction of two new canteens, gardens and sports complex on the anvil.

A canteen is undoubtedly the hotspot of all student activities. Unfortunately, the canteen at the four-star university hardly met the standards of even a modern restaurant leave alone comparison to those with its counterparts like Delhi University (DU) Pune University, Punjab University or Anna University.

The ramshackle building existing in the name of the canteen had a small dimly-lit area as kitchen, a small open seating area accommodating hardly 25 persons at a time and the lacklustre walls and furnishing and inartistic design had all the trappings of a spot capable of driving away the youth.

Complaints abounded of the cafeteria management turning away students coming to eat from their tiffin’s and lunch boxes as their commercial outlook coupled with constraint of space did not allow them the liberty to let students not giving them revenue sit idle and block space.

The canteen, which is usually the favourite joint of young couples trying out some romance were driven away by the drab appearance of the place.

All these factors led the university administration to decide on reconstructing the canteen area as students activity centre.

The Rs 45 lakh project to come up at the Takshashila campus, Khandwa road interestingly titled students trap includes a 2181 sq ft cafeteria with an enclosed space seating 100 persons at one go, a large kitchen, wash area and separate ladies and gents toilets.

The project also includes a sports shop, cyber café, souvenir shop, bookshop and library. Another similar project worth Rs 22 lakh coming up at the IET campus includes a large sitting area, two toilets, two kitchens, two washrooms, a books store, general store and fruits shop.

The most interesting feature of this project would be an open-air theatre. Both the projects would begin within two-months.

The large university campus had till lately remained untended and resultantly had been overrun by bushes and wild trees giving it the appearance of an unkempt wilderness. The unuseful trees would be cut and auctioned by the Forest Department and the proceeds would go towards garden construction.

Keeping financial restraints in mind the university came up with the novel idea of asking banks to participate in this project by bearing the cost of maintenance and upkeep and in return put their hoardings their as advertisements.

Banks such as State Bank of Indore, Union Bank, Central Bank and many others have envisaged interest in the project. The university recently made a separate allocation of Rs one crore for this project.

One of the ambitious projects of the university had been the construction of a sports complex having facilities for almost all indoor and outdoor sports.

In the first stage of the Rs 6.5 crore project, which would begin by next month at a cost of Rs two crore the work on constructing playing fields would begin.

The first stage activities would include construction of a cricket field with earthen mounds for spectators, a football field, athletics track and hockey field. Later four lawn tennis courts, two volleyball courts, two basketball courts, badminton and other courts would be constructed in the second phase of the project.

Construction of an international size swimming pool has been deferred for paucity of funds and would be taken up last subject to availability of finance.

DAVV Vice Chancellor (V-C) CS Chaddha said that ever since assuming the mantle of the university he had been endeavouring to raise its standard further by adopting a holistic approach towards education. This approach included imparting not just academic education but increasing physical, mental, nationalistic and moral standards of students.

If all these projects come into being the university would be flocked bys students coming from far and wide to study at this temple of learning.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 15:32 IST