India: Foundation Stone For Utkal University 2nd Campus To Be Laid On July 31
29 July 2017
Bhubaneswar: After hanging in balance for almost two years since its announcement, the much awaited Utkal University’s second campus will soon become a reality as Odisha Government has identified land for the project in Jajpur district.
Nearly, 66.3 acre land in Siha panchayat, 12 km from Chandikhol has been provided to Higher Education Department for the second project also known as a rural campus of Utkal University.
Varsity officials said Rs 70 crores would be spent for the second campus which would be a centre for skill development and research.
“The place is good for an educational institute and we met the villagers and local authorities to discuss with them on many issues. Only the cashewnut field has not been demarcated,” said PG Council Chairman of Utkal University Brahmananda Satapathy.
A student of the university, Soubhagya Mohapatra said, “Students of Utkal University will be benefited from the Skill Development Centre which will be set up near Chandikhol. It will be helpful for development in research sector.”
Two years back Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, during foundation day ceremony of the students’ union, had announced the second campus of the university and had approved the budget.
Now he has allocated the land, but locals have raised some issues due to the presence of a cashewnut field in the given land. Technical Committee members of Utkal University have discussed with the villagers on this issue.
Local MLA Amar Prasad Satpathy said that a solution on the issue has been found and there is no problem in establishing the second campus.
MLA Satpathy, talking to OTV said, “We have convinced the villagers that not a single cashew nut tree will be cut off. It will be protected even if it is planted on government land. Even the villagers will receive the profit gained from the cashew trees, so there is no issue. Some people who are not in favour of the second campus are trying to create an issue.”
The foundation stone for the second campus will be laid by Higher Education Minister Ananta Das on July 31.