2-year deadline set for Ravenshaw campus

Naveen lays foundation stone, govt releases Rs 10 crore to start work

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik lays the foundation stone for Ravenshaw’s second campus on Wednesday. Picture by Badrika Nath Das

Cuttack, June 10: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik today laid the foundation stone for the second campus of Ravenshaw University at Brajabiharipur near Naraj. It is expected to be complete in two years.

Christened the Mahanadi campus, this one has been a long-standing demand of the students. It will come up near the campus of the National Law University, Odisha.

A university official said the state government had released Rs 10 crore out of Rs 30 crore announced for the proposed campus.

"We have received the funds, and we will immediately start constructing the boundary wall and other work," said Padan Jena, officer on special duty for the second campus.

"It is a historic day for the students. The second campus, we expect, will be established in the next two years," said Stitapragyan Das, president of the Ravenshaw Students' Union.

The chief minister had announced a financial assistance of Rs 50 crore for all-round development of the varsity during an event organised by the students' union held on April 8.

"Construction will start shortly as the funds have already been released," said vice-chancellor Prakash Chandra Sarangi.

The Mahanadi campus will come up over 141 acres at Brajabiharipur. The project has been hanging fire for the past five years due to encroachments.

The state government had allotted land for the project in 2007, and the varsity has so far got possession of 126.04 acres.

"Our focus will be to prepare a master academic plan. We will start working on finalisation of schools, courses and research centres that will come up on the second campus," Sarangi said.

On the present campus, there is acute shortage of space for the varsity's nearly 9,000 students. The second campus will be an energy-efficient campus, an official said.


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