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CUB Gaya campus work gains momentum

Patna, June 23: The Central University of Bihar (CUB) has invited tender for construction of a boundary wall and entrance plaza for its new campus in Gaya.

RITES Limited (Rail India Technical and Economic Service) invited the tender on behalf of CUB last week. The last date for submitting the tender is July 7 for the construction of the 7.8-km long boundary wall and entrance plaza.

At present, CUB is running from a rented building on the Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) Patna campus. The university administration expects the construction of the boundary wall to be completed within seven months so that the first phase of the new building gets over in two years.

CUB registrar Mohammed Nehal said: We expect that the construction of the boundary wall gets completed in six to seven months. The first phase of the construction work, which includes four school buildings, hostels, employees and officials quarters, VCs residence and health centres, will be ready in two years so that the university can shift to its new campus in Gaya.

The estimated cost of the construction of the first phase is Rs 300 crore, which includes Rs 11.74 crore for boundary wall and entrance plaza. The new campus of CUB is coming up on 300 acres at Panchanpur in Gaya.

In the first week of February this year, CUB was handed over 300 acres of defence land at the abandoned Panchanpur airfield for the establishment of the full-fledged permanent campus. On February 27, former Lok Sabha Speaker and CUB chancellor Meira Kumar laid the foundation stone of the new campus.

Students who had come for taking admission for the postgraduate courses at the university were excited when informed that CUB will shift to the new campus within two years.

Ankita Pandey, a student seeking admission in the postgraduate course, said: I am happy about the fact that at least we can spend the last few months on the new campus in Gaya.

According to the architecture design of the new campus, there will be provision of four school buildings. At present CUB runs 26 courses, including four undergraduate courses, six PhD and 16 postgraduate programmes, with around 500 students.

However, the university administration has decided to set up four schools to increase the number of students and courses.

CUB official Mohammed Mudassir Alam said: Eco-friendly green campus, G+4 to G+8 buildings according to GRIHA ratings (green buildings rating system in India), adequate use of solar energy and biomass energy, water bodies, fountains, rainwater harvesting and underground water treatment will be some of the features of the new Gaya campus.

Solar and biomass energy will also be used for street lighting.

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