Land acquisition talks on for new UoP campus in Pimpri

University of Pune (UoP) may soon open a new campus in Pimpri-Chinchwad if its proposal of acquiring land is successful.

"Around 50 acres have been offered to the varsity by Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC). This will be an extension of the present campus. Some of the departments including sports division or the academic staff college can be shifted there. Some specialised courses can also be introduced besides various industry interaction cells," said W N Gade, vice-chancellor, UoP.

The university is hoping to get financial help from the government to purchase land.

"Acquiring 50 acres requires a lot of money which the university cannot bear on its own. We have been in talks with the government and in the first week of February, we will talk to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on the issue," added Gade.

"The PCMC has offered land at Rs 1 crore per acre. But we have applied for concession on the grounds of being an educational institution. The reply is awaited," said Gade.

The new campus will be on the lines of the Kalina campus of the Mumbai University.

"Various new specialised courses such as nano-technology and biotechnology will be introduced on the campus. With the setting up of new departments, better research will be possible as there will be a dedicated staff to look after infrastructural needs," said Arun Adsul, former pro-vice-chancellor.

"Service centres for students will be introduced on the new campus. Around 40 colleges from Lonavala to Sinnar can be covered by the new campus. It will be convenient for students to approach authorities there as compared to the main campus," added Adsul.

The move to open a sub-centre was proposed when Ashok Kolaskar (2001 to 2006) was the vice-chancellor of UoP. But owing to financial and technical reasons, it was delayed. After the management council meeting on January 22, the matter was again taken up and a decision to speed up the proposal was taken. "Similarly, two UoP centres at Ahmednagar and Nashik are in the pipeline. Ahmednagar has already given 29 acres for setting up the centre and Nashik too is in the process of providing the land," said Adsul.

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