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Campus doors to open by April

The permanent campus of the Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna, will be ready by April next year, well in time for the new batch.

V. Mukunda Das, the institute’s director, said: “It is likely that the students who take admission next year to the Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna (CIMP), will attend their classes at the new campus at Mithapur.”

Construction started on the Mithapur site in mid-2011. Work, however, was sluggish for the past two years. It has finally gained momentum. Half of the construction is complete with structures of several buildings on the campus ready.

Saroj Kumar, a CIMP official present at the construction site, said: “Around eight months ago, only the boundary wall of the campus was constructed. But in the last six to seven months, the work has gained momentum. In another six to seven months, construction under Phase I will be complete. The new batch of students taking admission to CIMP can attend their classes here.”

A new batch usually starts at the CIMP in June, after the institute admits students on the basis of the Common Admission Test (CAT) scores.

Sources said in January this year, Nitish directed officials of the education department to speed up the construction.

At present, the management institute functions from its transit campus at Phanishwarnath Renu Hindi Bhavan in Chajjubagh.

In 2010, at the institute’s first convocation, Nitish had announced that CIMP would get a new campus. The government also allotted 10 acres at Mithapur.

The new eco-friendly campus would have lots of greenery with separate academic block, administrative block, auditorium and two hostels for boys and girls. There would also be a director’s bungalow on the campus among other facilities.

New Delhi-based DDF Consultant Private Limited is responsible for the architectural design of the campus. Hyderabad-based KSP Constructions Pvt. Ltd has been assigned the job of constructing the buildings. The campus, sources said, is coming up at a budget of Rs 84.27 crore. In August, the government released Rs 37 crore for the construction.

With the construction picking up pace, the CIMP administration has planned to launch a series of courses from the Mithapur campus.

“As part of the expansion programme, the institute would run a one-year management executive development programme for civil servants,” Das, the CIMP director, said.

It will also have a course in entrepreneurship development where students will be given management training on how to become an entrepreneur. The number of seats in the postgraduate diploma in management studies would also be doubled.

At present, the two-year management programme takes in 60 students. After the first year, the students are offered specialisations in finance or marketing.

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