GNDU gets Rs 107-crore central grant for campus revamp
The Union ministry of human resources development (MHRD) has released a grant of Rs 107 crore for revamping the main campus of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) here, said vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh Sandhu on Friday.
Sandhu said the university has been recognised as a fast-emerging university in the country and the ministry has decided to help it in a big way to make it one of the leading institutions of the country. He claimed that the university is the only university in the country to have been granted this much amount for upgrading its infrastructure.
“This money is supposed to be spent in two years and we have divided it for different projects on the campus,” he said.
The V-C said, “A sum of Rs 8 crore will be spent on construction of new laboratories, Rs 7 crore on a lecture theatre, Rs 9.54 crore on installing LED lights across the campus, Rs 7.87 crore on the construction of washrooms, Rs 6.48 crore on furnishing classrooms, Rs 21 crore on upgrading existing laboratories and Rs 9 crore on providing needed equipment to students.”
The remaining amount, the V-C said, will be spent on revamping the academic block, administration block, upgrading sewerage system, construction of an open air theatre, rainwater harvesting, solid waste management, upgrading hostels, installation of elevators in the library, renovation of auditoriums, wire system, renovation of playgrounds, developing e-resources, digitisation of the library etc.
GNDU to have incubation centre
As per the announcement made by minister of human resource development Prakash Javadekar, an Incubation centre will be established at the university shortly to cater to the needs of new startup companies.
A business incubator is a programme managed by corporations, educational institutions or government agencies that provide an environment for startups to develop by providing services such as management training and office space. Startup incubators are usually non-profit organisations. The term “incubator” or “incubation centre” are interchangeably used for a collaborative environment designed to help new startups succeed.
Sandhu said lack of opportunities and a guiding hand to new ideas and thoughts results into brain drain and many students prefer to move abroad. He said that by establishing this centre, the requirements of students and the region will be kept in mind to encourage new startup companies. He hoped that this centre would be beneficial not only for students but for the entrepreneurs also.