Patna: Mahatma Gandhi Central University of Bihar is set to get 33 acres for its permanent campus.
The East Champaran district administration has requested the education department to depute any official on its behalf to take possession of the land. The East Champaran district magistrate sent a letter in this regard to the education department on May 7.
The development assumes significance as the university, which started functioning in 2016, is running out of a makeshift campus located on the premises of Zila school in Motihari. “We are aware of the development and hope to get the land soon. The university vice-chancellor, Arvind Agarwal, told The Telegraph over phone from Motihari while expressing his happiness over the development.
The university has kept its expansion plan on hold owing to the space crunch on its makeshift campus and at present, it is offering just 15 undergraduate and postgraduate courses where about 550 students are enrolled.
The vice-chancellor said as soon as the land is handed to the university, the process for inviting bids to select an agency to undertake construction work at the acquired land will start.
To begin with, the university intends to make basic structure like classrooms, library, staff room and administrative block only so that academic activities could start from the permanent campus at the earliest.
Agarwal said the selected agency will be asked to use pre-fabricated structures to construct the campus because the work had to be completed in the shortest possible time.
“We intend to shift the academic work to the permanent campus by December this year,” he said. According to the original plan, the central university would be given 302 acres on the southern fringes of Motihari town.
In the first phase, the district administration will acquire 136.4 acres of which the acquisition process of 33.47 acres is complete, while the process is on for the remaining chunk.
Courtesy: The Telegraph