The Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna (CIMP) would miss the 2012 deadline of shifting its campus to Mithapur.
In April 2010, at the institute’s first convocation, chief minister Nitish Kumar had announced that CIMP would be shifted to Mithapur by 2012-end. At present, the CIMP is functioning from its transit campus at Phaneeshwarnath Renu Hindi Bhavan in Chajjubagh.
When The Telegraph visited Mithapur on Sunday, it found no construction work has been started on the 10-acre land allotted by the state government for the new premises.
As things stand now, it would take at least two more years for the new campus to be fully functional. At present, apart from the CIMP’s board, sand and stone chips there is nothing at the site. Even the underground pillars for the new building are to be laid.
Krishna Prasad R., the senior administrative officer of CIMP, said: “We are running two years late because a new agency, Bihar State Educational Infrastructure Development Corporation (BSEIDC), has been handed over the construction work. It will be ready by 2014. However, we are expecting that the academic block will be shifted to the new campus by 2013.”
Earlier, Infrastructure Development Authority (IDA), a state government-owned organisation, was assigned the construction job. However, because of delay in starting the project, the state redirected the project to BSEIDC. The company has floated tenders.
The delay in the construction work has hit the institute’s expansion plans. Only 47 students have been admitted in its two-year postgraduate diploma in management programme this year against the sanctioned strength of 60.
A senior CIMP teacher said: “The institute is not increasing its students’ strength because of paucity of space. After shifting to the new campus, the students’ intake would be increased to 120.”
Krishna added: “The new campus would be eco-friendly. It would have an academic block, administrative block, auditorium, two hostels for boys and girls, a playground and a covered swimming pool.” There would also be quarters for teachers and non-teaching employees, along with the institute director’s residence.