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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

IIM-Amritsar permanent campus to be a reality soon


IIM-Amritsar permanent campus to be a reality soon

Paul

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 7

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Amritsar, will have its permanent campus on 61-acre land on the Amritsar-Jalandhar road at Manawala. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in the presence of chief guest Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and guest of honour Minister for Higher Education and Languages Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa today in the presence of MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla.

With an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore, the new campus will be spread in approximately 60,300 sq m. With students of the third batch joining this academic session, the strength of students here has reached 250.

The HRD Minister said Rs 350 crore had been sanctioned for the first phase of the project and as the construction activities proceeded, another amount of Rs 250 crore too would be allocated for the next phase.

Originally, the foundation stone of the permanent campus was laid by former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on June 19, 2016. Since the registration of the IIM, Amritsar society, on July 27, 2015, it was being run from its temporary campus of the Punjab Institute of Technology near Guru Nanak Dev University.

The HRD minister justified the delay in permanent campus by saying that the one acre of land that fell within the demarcated site was requisite and it took four years to acquire that piece of land. “The DPR could not be completed unless this one-acre land was included in the plan. Now that it was done, there was no hurdle in finalising the plan for the permanent campus,” he said.

Director Prof Nagarajan Ramamoorthy said the construction work would start within three months as some official formalities for ‘clearance’ was still to be obtained.

He said the campus would be constructed in three phases. In the first phase there would be well equipped classrooms, library, health centre, incubation centre and cafeteria.

Tript Bajwa took a jibe at the ceremony saying, “I hope that this will be the last ceremony here after which only the construction will commence”. He was referring to the “identical ceremonies” that were held in the past — one by Jaitley in 2016, followed by another in May 2017 by former local BJP minister.

Tript Bajwa at his witty best

Cabinet Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa took a jibe at the groundbreaking ceremony saying, "I hope that this will be the last ceremony here after which only the construction will commence". He was referring to the "identical ceremonies" that were held in the past.

2022 tentative deadline

  • At present, the 3.5-km-long boundary wall is completed and the authorities have a tentative deadline of completing the project by 2022. 
  • Director Prof Nagarajan Ramamoorthy said the construction work would start within three months as some official formalities for 'clearance' was still to be obtained.

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