VADODARA: Prime minister Narendra Modi performed ground breaking ceremony for the Central University of Gujarat’s permanent campus here on Saturday, and inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for water distribution projects worth Rs 660 crore.
Spread over an area of 100 acres, the CUG campus will be built at the cost of Rs 743 crore and will accommodate 2,500 students.
This is the second visit of the prime minister to Gujarat this month and fourth in last two months as his home state prepares for the Assembly elections. He visited Gujarat earlier on June 10 to launch the Mukhyamantri Matrushakti scheme (MMY) and Poshan Sudha Yojna (PSY).
Ahead of the ground breaking ceremony, CUG vice-chancellor Dr Rama Shaker Dubey said, “The new campus is completely residential, has green landscape and equipped with all the modern amenities. Nearly 2,500 students can study at the same time in this campus. The main gate of this university will reflect the rich culture of Gujarat.”
The first phase of campus will complete by December next year.
“The campus will be divided into five academic blocks which includes School of Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, Nano Sciences, Environmental & Sustainable Development, Applied Materials Sciences, National Security, International Relations and Tourism Studies,” said Registrar Prof. HB Patel.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Bhupendra Patel said PM Modi has ensured a holistic development of the education sector in Gujarat.
“The new campus of the CUG will not only impart quality education to the youth but also generate abundant opportunities at the national as well as international level,” he stated.
PM Modi has recently awarded status of ‘Institutes of National Importance’ to state’s Rashtriya Raksha University and National Forensic Science University.
In Vadodara, the PM dedicate several water distribution projects worth Rs 395.51 crore while he virtually laid foundation stones for others worth an estimated Rs 264.75 crore.
These projects also include six Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) in Kheda, Mehmedabad, Kanjari, Borsad, Umreth and Karjan which will benefit two lakh people, as per the chief minister’s office.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi met her mother in Gandhinagar on the occasion of her 100th birthday.