The Punjab government is all set with their idea of establishing an educity at New Chandigarh, Mullanpur. The educity will be modelled on the UK's Oxford University and the process of acquiring and developing 1,700 acres of land for this project has already begun.
According to newspaper reports, the project would offer education facilities in courses like engineering, medical, management, biotech, tourism, hospital, multimedia and pharmaceuticals. Land may also be allotted to some IT companies. Apart from this, residential and commercial areas will also be developed in the project for the convenience of the students and the faculty.
As per Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister's statement, the ultra-modern educity with a contingent of schools and colleges for varied streams will not only provide the best of education, but also the environment to fill the innovation gap in the curriculum and requirements of the industry. This would also bring world class education within the reach of overseas education aspirants. Land will be acquired in the villages of Kansala (419 acres), Takipur (354 acres), Rajgarh (337 acres), Boothgarh (303 acres) and Kartarpur (287 acres) for this ambitious project. The project so completed would offer education facilities in courses like Engineering, Medical, Management, Biotech, Tourism, Hospital, Multimedia, Pharmaceuticals etc.
The Punjab Government has also been upgrading the existing educational institutes and universities, apart from setting up the new centers. The government has allocated Rs 60 crores to Patiala University, 20 crores to Punjab University, Chandigarh, 50 crores to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and 20 crores to Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala. The government has also released Rs. 329.16 crores for private-aided colleges in the state of Punjab.
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