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NRI gifts $4.5 mn to university

Former constable of the Punjab police, L R Munger, donates a large sum to the Punjab University.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 17:02 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

A former constable of the Punjab Police, who went on to become a millionaire in the US, has gifted a technical college, complete with building and full infrastructure, to the Punjab University.

Lajpat Rai Munger, who hails from Bajwara village in Hoshiarpur district, gave away Rs.200 million ($4.5 million) campus spread over 11 acres to the university Wednesday.

The college in the village, in which the university will start various engineering courses, was built about five years ago as a goodwill gesture towards his home state.

The millionaire farmer from California has a turnover of $300 million a year. He migrated to the US in the 1960s after having served the Punjab Police as a constable.

For five years, Munger struggled with government bureaucracy. He alleged that technical education department officials demanded bribes to sanction the engineering courses. Pleas that he was opening the college for the benefit of Punjabi youth fell on deaf years.

Finally, Munger approached university vice chancellor K.N. Pathak and decided last month to gift the college to Punjab University, under whose academic jurisdiction the area falls.

The new engineering courses, including computer sciences, will start from the next academic session in July, university officials said.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 17:02 IST