Dhanbad land for new varsity

17 acres on RS More College campus identified for centrally funded project

By Praduman Choubey
  • Published 18.05.16
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The RS More College campus where the new university will come up. Picture by Gautam Dey

Vinoba Bhave University (VBU) has zeroed in on vacant land inside the premises of RS More College in Govindpur, Dhanbad, for setting up of the proposed Vinod Bihari Mahto Koylanchal University, announced by chief minister Raghubar Das two months ago.

The VBU, the nodal agency for the project envisaged under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), on May 12 wrote to principal Kiran Singh, asking him to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) with particulars of proposed courses, the number of colleges that will function under the new university, availability of land, human resources and other infrastructure.

Notably, the proposed varsity will be a cluster university funded under RUSA. The central government will provide Rs 55 crore for it.

VBU vice chancellor Gurdeep Singh said: "RS More College is ideally located for setting up the new varsity. It has vast acres of land available for the purpose. Initially, we had also considered the vacant land at BSK College, Maithon, and Binod Bihari Mahto College, Baliapur. But, we finally selected the RS More campus which is located on NH-2 and easily accessible for students of far-flung areas like Nirsa, Tundi, Topchanchi, Rajganj, Sindri, Govindpur and even Giridih."

As per RUSA provisions, at least 25 acres of land is required for setting up a university. But the RS More campus has 17 acres, which is the largest available plot in the district. Sources said that more vacant plots were located behind the campus. And they could be acquired for the project.

"We received the letter from the VBU on May 12. We have to complete a 10-page template, which will have all details," said principal Singh.

He added though there was no fixed time frame, they would submit the proposal to RUSA through the department of higher and technical education as soon as possible.

"We will be consulting all sections of society before preparing the proposal as vocational and new-age courses will be our focus area," said Singh.