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Funds hope for new NBU campus

Siliguri, Jan. 27: The North Bengal University would be allotted around Rs 10 crore to start the construction of its second campus in Jalpaiguri in the annual state budget to be presented either at the end of February or in the beginning of March, said a senior NBU official.

The varsity had sought around Rs 77.16 crore to set up the campus and Rs 10 crore will be used to complete the first phase of the construction.

“We have come to know that a part of the funds will be sanctioned by the state government to start the construction of the second campus in Jalpaiguri. It is likely that around Rs 10 crore will be sanctioned to start the first phase of construction,” said a senior university official who didn’t want to be named.

The NBU set in motion the process of launching the second campus after the government approved the project in November 2009. A plot of 36.17 acres was identified at the Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College compound for the campus and a detailed project report with an estimated cost of Rs. 77.16 crore was sent to the government. So far, the varsity has only received Rs 28 lakh — released in 2010 — to build a boundary wall and an approach road to the site.

The second campus has been planned to offer post-graduate courses. Some of the courses are MTech in disaster management and mitigation, renewable energy and energy studies, and structural engineering. New PG science courses such as applied mathematics, physiology, environmental science and humanities courses in education and Hindi will also be introduced.