| The building of Vanijya Mahavidyalaya in Patna. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
The Vanijya Mahavidyalaya authorities have decided to shift the institute to its proposed campus at Saidpur despite resistance from a section of teachers.
Patna University recently issued a directive in this regard and pledged to provide funds from Bihar Educational Infrastructural Development Corporation (BEIDC), a unit of the education department, for the purpose.
According to Umesh Mishra, the principal of Vanijya Mahavidyalaya, a detailed project report for constructing the new campus at Saidpur has been prepared and “it is likely that in the next financial year the BEIDC would release the funds”.
A senior officer with the BEIDC said: “According to the project report, the new campus will come up at a cost of Rs 35 crore. However, the final allotment of funds would be done after the finance department clears the proposal and the cabinet approves it.”
The new campus at Saidpur near Rajendra Nagar would come up on a 4.65-acre plot. It would have an academic block, administrative blocks, lab, quarter for the principal, common rooms for boys and girls, canteen and other facilities.
The Vanijya Mahavidyalaya is running from the Patna College campus from a three-storey building since 1973.
The college, which has around 1,500 students, has no playground or space for recreation.
Students have to depend on the Patna College campus for extra-curricular activities. Students of Patna College and Vanijya Mahavidyalaya often engage in brawls over playgrounds and space.
On the lack of space for students, Patna College principal Rash Bihari Prasad Singh, said: “Because of presence of Vanijya Mahavidyalaya on the Patna College campus, the institute premises has turned claustrophobic in the past few years. Whenever any violence occurs at Patna College, only its students are blamed.”
Though the university administration has decided to shift the college to the new campus, some teachers fear that shifting the institute would not be much of help for both students and teachers.
A teacher of the college said: “Shifting to Saidpur will create law and order problems for students and teachers because the Saidpur campus is infamous for nuisance activities.”
However, Umesh Mishra, the principal of Vanijya Mahavidyalaya said once the college is shifted to the new campus, people who create law and order problems will automatically leave the campus because of the presence of the students.
At the Saidpur campus, several slums have cropped up recently. Encroachment is rampant. Sources said the existing hostels at Saidpur, built in the 80s, have become a haven for hooligans.
According to the project plan, a boundary would be constructed and the slu- ms would be removed with the help of the district administration.
Apart from shifting Vanijya Mahavidyalaya, the directorate of distance education and the postgraduate department of commerce and economics will also be shifted to the Saidpur campus.