The Telegraph
Tuesday , September 2 , 2014
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Class nudge to campus goal

The construction work for the Nalanda University’s upcoming campus is set to gain momentum with the varsity’s official inauguration on Monday.

The construction work on the 452-acre sprawling campus would start in the first quarter of the next financial year, after the selection of the project management consultant.

The main architect of the project is B.V. Doshi of Vastu Shilpa, based in Ahmedabad.

The administrative head of Nalanda University, Sridhar V.K., said the construction process of the actual campus would gain momentum now because the entire varsity team is in Rajgir. “Once the project management consultant is selected, the work would start on the new campus. The construction work would certainly start in early 2015,” he said.

A source in the university said the project management consultant for the upcoming campus would be selected before or in the university board’s meeting, scheduled to be held in February 2015. The role of the consultant is crucial in executing any big project. It chalks out plans and executes them on the ground.

Sridhar said: “The project management consultant will play a key role in building the varsity’s new campus. It would manage all the aspects of the execution of the project and we shall monitor its performance.”

Sharing his experience as the registrar of Central University of Tamil Nadu, Sridhar said: “The pace of the construction processs of the central university picked up soon after its project management consultant was selected. It will be the same at Nalanda University.”

Sridhar was associated with Central University of Tamil Nadu at Thiruvarur till he joined Nalanda University. Central Public Works Department was the project management consultant of the university, around 300km away from Chennai.

Sridhar said any new project needs time to gain momentum. “Rest assured, you will see construction activities on the upcoming campus of Nalanda University at this time next year.”

The sprawling upcoming campus of Nalanda University is 2.5 km away from Rajgir bus stand. According to its master plan, a water body would be its centre of attraction. The eco-friendly new campus would have towers that would act as air-conditioners. They would suck the outside air and release it inside the campus after absorbing moisture.

A temporary campus of the varsity has come up on the premises of a primary health and research centre near Rajgir bus stand. Finishing touches are being given to it.

The classes of the varsity’s School of Historical Studies and School of Ecology and Environment Studies started on Monday at Rajgir International Convention Centre, taken on lease by the Nalanda University. The students have put up at Hotel Tathagat Vihar, the temporary hostel of the university, adjacent to the convention centre.

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