Bharati Vidyapeeth University makes a campus shift

Policy change forces university to relocate proposed campus from Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah; batch to start in Feb

The Dubai bug has caught up with Bharati Vidyapeeth University (BVU), months after University of Pune (UoP) was laid low. But the BVU has taken remedial measures unlike the UoP and has decided to put an end to Dubai campus dreams and instead concentrate on a campus at Ras Al Khaimah, an emirate at the north end of the UAE, 64 km from Dubai.

A change in policy by the Dubai authorities had put paid to the efforts of BVU to flag off its Dubai campus in September. With this setback, the BVU has also revised its timeline to February 2009 to roll out its BBA and MBA courses from the Ras Al Khaimah campus.

Plans to move to Ras Al Khaimah were confirmed by S F Patil, coordinator of the BVU project. "We had been trying hard to meet the deadline to start our Dubai campus. Owing to some changes in the policy by the Dubai authorities, we were not able to meet it. As we had taken up land in Ras Al Khaimah as well, we shifted our focus there," he said.

Ras Al Khaimah is reportedly the third preferred destination for educational campuses in the UAE, after Dubai and Abu Dhabi. With the UAE government promoting educational activities in each of the seven emirates and thereby creating free zones for foreign institutes to set up their campuses, Ras Al Khaimah was an easy choice for BVU to make, a source said.

BVU had planned to start the campus at Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and had been working at it for the past one year. BVU had declared in April that the Dubai campus would start by September 2008.

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