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Visva letter to Modi

Santiniketan, June 1: Visva-Bharati has written to the Prime Minister listing the projects the varsity has implemented recently and those it intends to take up in the near future, in the hope the new government at the Centre would issue a special grant.

“We hope to get more funds or grants in the future. We wrote to the Prime Minister on Thursday because we wanted him to know about the projects we have implemented here. We hope the new government led by Narendra Modi will help the institution built by Rabindranath Tagore,” said Sabujkali Sen, the chairperson of the varsity’s media interface committee.

Sen added that the letter to Modi did not mention funds.

Visva-Bharati had last year drawn up a list of projects and sought Rs 800 crore from the Centre. But the varsity was granted only Rs 68 crore. Officials said the authorities took care this time to list the projects in detail so that a special and adequate grant could be got.

“If the Prime Minister is pleased, we can hope to get adequate funds. That’s why we sent the letter,” a senior official told The Telegraph.

The Prime Minister is the chancellor of Visva-Bharati, which needs the write to the Centre for special funds. Modi will become the chancellor once the term of Manmohan Singh ends next year.

A senior official said the projects mentioned included the construction of hostels with modern facilities, a yoga centre, medical insurance for students and the launch of the MEd course. “We have also informed him about the recent international performances by students of Kala Bhavana and Sangeet Bhavana.”

Vice-chancellor Sushanta Duttagupta said the varsity had plans to extend the campus to Sriniketan. “We will also build a nature museum and improve our integrated science course.”