New Delhi, Oct. 8: The Union cabinet today allowed transfer of 300 acres of defence land near Gaya to the human resource development (HRD) ministry for construction of the green campus of the first Central University of Bihar, which will use the bicycle as the main mode of transport within the campus.
The site near an abandoned airfield at Panchanpur in Gaya, about 120km south of Patna, will be the new address for the proposed Central University of Gaya. The state will also get another central university, which will be located in Motihari.
The existing Central University of Bihar (CUB), which has been created under the Central Universities Act, 2009, and has been functioning for the last four years from a temporary campus in Patna, will be renamed Central University of Gaya.
The government has brought a bill to amend the law to set up two central universities in Bihar. The cabinet had cleared a proposal in August last year for creation of two universities in Bihar after the state government and the HRD ministry fought over location of the CUB. While the HRD ministry wanted CUB to be set up in Gaya on the ground that it has modern facilities like an airport, the state government pushed for Motihari as the location in view of its backwardness. The Centre finally decided to set up two universities, one in Gaya and another in Motihari.
The bill to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009,has been pending in Parliament. It was referred to a standing committee, which examined the bill and submitted its report during the last session of Parliament. The committee has favoured the idea for creation of two universities and argued that other backward states should also get more than one central university. HRD ministry sources said they will push for passage of the bill in the coming winter session.
University vice-chancellor Janak Pandey expressed happiness over the transfer of land and said the university has already prepared the master plan for construction of the campus. “Now the land will be formally and legally transferred to CUB,” he said.
The university had engaged public sector RITES as its project management consultant. The master plan has been prepared by the Design and Development Forum.
“It will be a green campus. The focus will be to reduce carbon footprint by adopting energy efficiency measures,” Pandey told The Telegraph.
Most institutions in Europe and America are following such sustainability agenda. In Britain, greenness is a factor contributing to the rank of the institute. The Union HRD ministry has asked all new IITs, IIMs and central universities to set up a green campus.
Pandey said the campus will have a unique green character by having a bicycle stand from where visitors and students can take a bicycle to anywhere on the campus, anytime.
The university will be perhaps the first-of-its-kind institution in India to have such a facility. The user can park the bicycle at the designated facility in front of any department. No bicycle will have any lock.
The university will adopt best practices for conservation of energy, water and any other natural resource. The building will ensure proper ventilation and natural light. The campus will have all department building and large lecture hall complex for seminar and conferences.
The state government has committed to provide land for the proposed second central university in Motihari.