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Law varsity readies campus plan

A sprawling new campus in Kanke equipped with modern facilities may become a reality for National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL) in a year and half.

The varsity, which debuted in September last year but recently got land from the state government, has readied a blueprint of its proposed infrastructure. Registrar Aloke Sengupta said work was progressing on a war footing.

“Around 80 architectural firms from across the country responded to the expression of interest floated by us. The expert advisory committee set up by us shortlisted 25 firms that are now eligible to compete with their designs,” Sengupta said, adding that the last date of sending designs was October 31.

“Within seven days of getting the designs, we will select a firm and float a tender for construction firms across India. We want the campus to be a class apart,” he said.

NUSRL, which kicked off its academic session in October 2010, could not make a flying start because of space crunch and limited resources, operating from a rented building. Things started moving at a faster pace only after the government allotted the varsity 63.76 acres in Kanke this August. A sum of Rs 50 crore was also sanctioned for expansion.

The new campus is expected to have a capacity of 2,000 students. The proposed infrastructure, according to the varsity’s website, will include an academic zone, an administrative zone and a residential zone, complete with state-of-the-art facilities and other necessary amenities.

The academic building will also boast facilities for at least 10 specialised centres of learning like banking, finance, insurance, international trade and law, corporate law, human rights and IPR.

An e-library and language lab, hostel rooms with modern amenities, sports complex with gymnasium, health centre, auditorium, commercial complex and utility centres (bank, post office, railway reservation counter, et al) are also on the cards.

“We could admit only 100 students against the existing capacity of 150 because of lack of space. But things will be better after we get the new campus,” said Sengupta.

The other two new institutes — IIM-Ranchi and Central University of Jharkhand (CUJ) — are also looking forward to setting up new campuses after their land problems were cleared.

Around 76.74 acres have been sanctioned for IIM-Ranchi in Kanke while yesterday, the state cabinet approved 319 acres for CUJ.

G. Geelani, administrative officer, IIM-Ranchi, said they were in the process of possession of land. “I think it will be done soon,” he said, adding that at present, they were preparing a blueprint of the new campus. “Unless a blueprint is ready, it will be premature to say about how we are going to use the land,” he said.

Welcoming the cabinet’s decision, CUJ registrar Shayam Narayan said they expected to begin campus work soon.

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