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Proposal to build university’s sub-centre in Thane takes off

Nearly four years after its announcement, the foundation stone of Mumbai University’s sub-centre was laid on Tuesday at Balkumb in Thane (West).

mumbai Updated: Aug 18, 2010 01:59 IST
Susamma Kurian
Susamma Kurian
Hindustan Times

Nearly four years after its announcement, the foundation stone of Mumbai University’s sub-centre was laid on Tuesday at Balkumb in Thane (West).

The sub-centre will benefit more than two lakh students from the district.

Initially, the sub-centre will have an administrative set-up wherein students get forms for eligibility, re-evaluation and other university-related issues, instead of going to Kalina.

Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik laid the foundation stone. State minister for higher technical education, Rajesh Tope, and vice-chancellor of the University of Mumbai Rajan Welukar were also present.

“I don’t look at this as a sub-centre but as a campus. Though it will be used for administrative purposes initially, we want to develop the campus,” Welukar said.

The announcement for the sub-centre was made in August 2006, after which, a plot was allotted by the BMC in August 2007. In March 2009, the varsity acquired the plot after de-reservation. Welukar said it will take at least six months to start work on the centre because they are yet to make a plan.

Tope said with the sub-centre coming up, Thane should be developed into an educational hub. “The project will cost around Rs 60 crore. The legislators from Thane have promised Rs 5,00,000 each,” he said.

First Published: Aug 18, 2010 01:58 IST