PU infra makeover: Nitish will lay the foundation stone of two towers this month

The prestigious Patna University in Bihar, the country’s seventh-oldest university, is set for an infrastructure makeover when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will lay the foundation stone of two 10-storey buildings later this month, a promise he made six years ago at their request. did after The varsity was turned down in 2017 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convert it into a central university.

Patna University.  (HT Archive)
Patna University. (HT Archive)

Two towers to be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 147.29 crore, a senior education department official said, would come up on vacant land adjacent to existing structures.

Patna University Vice Chancellor Girish Chowdhary, himself an engineering professor who previously worked at NIT, Patna, said new modern buildings were the need of the hour due to the growing requirements.

One of the two buildings will be the G+9 Academic Block, while the other will be the G+9 Administrative Block, with an auditorium with a seating capacity of 700 people. The Vice Chancellor said that the work order has already been given and the foundation stone laying ceremony has been fixed on March 25.

Apart from the two buildings, the proposed plan also has provision for G+7 Science Block, G+9 PG Girls Hostel and G+9 UG Girls Hostel, the latter to come up at an estimated cost. 151 crores. “In-principle projects for Science Block and PG, UG Girls Hostel have already been approved and work is expected to start from July 2023,” the VC said.

These are in addition to the ongoing work for construction of Examination Block (Patna College Campus), International Hostel (East of PU Guest House), Research Center (Science College Campus) and Dolphin Research Center (near Patna Law College Campus). The buildings of International Hostel, Research Center and Dolphin Research Center are almost completed, while the proposal for the building of Population Research Center has also been approved and work will start soon.

The Vice-Chancellor said that while there was an urgent need for infrastructure, PU was also striving for quality research. “As many as 18 research proposals have been approved by various central research funding organizations in the last two years. PU also plans to fund small research projects of its teachers. This arrangement has been made to promote research activities.

PU will also celebrate its Alumni Meet on 12th March.

PU is the first university in Bihar to introduce Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) and Semester System for all UG and PG courses, which has been the premier institution of the state. Established in 1917 through the Patna University Act passed by the Imperial Legislative Council, it celebrated its centenary year in 2017 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi graced the occasion with great hope that it would be granted the long-awaited Central University status. will get.

CM Kumar, who himself is an alumnus of PU, RJD chief Lalu Prasad, BJP leaders Sushil Kumar Modi, Ashwini Choubey, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha and many others made a strong pitch before the PM for the status of Central University It was, but it didn’t happen.

Once known for its academic excellence, PU was modeled after the separation of Bihar and Orissa from Bengal, on the lines of the University of London.

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