SPPU to upgrade its infrastructure to compete for Centre’s Rs 500 crore funding
According to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to ensure excellence and innovation in India’s higher education institutes, a total of ₹10,000 crore will be allocated over the next five years to a number of universities across the country for state-of-the-art facilities.pune Updated: Oct 16, 2017 21:40 IST
Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), has announced a plan to upgrade its infrastructure and academics to compete for the Rs 500 crore funding that will be given by the central government.
According to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to ensure excellence and innovation in India’s higher education institutes, a total of ₹10,000 crore will be allocated over the next five years to a number of universities across the country for state-of-the-art facilities. For this, a competition is being held across India, amongst universities in the country, in terms of their academics, infrastructure and facilities. Twenty public and private universities will be shortlisted for the funding over five years and will be freed from governmental control, the PM had announced earlier this month, during the centenary celebration at Patna University (PU) . This plan is part of his vision to have ‘world-class’ institutions in the country.
To be one of the 20 universities, Pune varsity is now determined to make big changes, vice-chancellor, Dr Nitin Karmalkar said. A committee of 15 experts has been appointed for the task, a university official said.
“The committee will decide all the development plans to be executed and a detailed proposal will be sent to the Union human resource development ministry for review and approval,” SPPU registrar Arvind Digamber Shaligram said.
Following this, the central government will make the final selections based on the proposals.
Currently, as part of the advancements, the varsity has decided to expand its sub-centres in Nashik and Ahmednagar, whereby, the varsity is opening two mini campuses. This is being done keeping in mind the convenience and accessibility for students and teachers to gain quality education under the guidance of the varsity. At the mini campuses, new courses will also be introduced, SPPU officials said.
“This is a small development initiative taken up by the university and will play its part in the final scheme. But, we are preparing to transform the varsity on a larger scale in Pune. The discussion on the same is underway and we met with a 15-group committee today (Monday) to get things going. Another meeting will be held on October 25 to ascertain the changes,” Shaligram added.