Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Education hub mooted near Cuttack

The New Indian Express, April 25, 2007

Wednesday April 25 2007 14:26 IST
BHUBANESWAR: The State Government is planning to set up an ‘Education City’ near Naraj in Cuttack district.

The Higher Education Department has submitted a proposal to the Government to this effect. The proposed city will be an advanced centre of learning to train young minds in fundamental and application research.

With a number of mineral-based industries and thermal power plants coming up in the State, the State requires a large number of technical manpower. The City will be a hub of talent throwing up quality manpower in emerging subjects, said Higher Education Secretary Ashok Tripathy.

The objective is to attract private investment in higher education, he said and added the Government had already signed several memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with reputed organisations for establishment of private universities. At Mohali in Punjab, Canada is helping India set up a Knowledge City.

Naraj will be suitable for setting up the Education City because the Art of Living Foundation has selected a 200-acre site near the barrage for the proposed Sri Sri Ravishankar University. On one side of the river Kathajodi, the Government has allotted 40 acres of land for the proposed National Law University and another 150 acres for the second campus of Ravenshaw University.

On both sides of Naraj barrage, over 600 acres of Government land is available in different patches under Cuttack sadar, Banki and Barang tehsils. The Higher Education Department has recommended the Government to reserve the land for the Education City and issue necessary instructions to the Cuttack collector.

The site should be allotted to reputed organisations for setting up educational institutions of international standard offering specified high-end courses, Tripathy said. Centralised facilities like auditoria, sports and recreation centres may be set up on the campus to enhance its viability.

Apart from bringing synergy among educational institutions within the Education City, the hub’s spin-off will benefit other general and professional institutions. It will also further improve the economy of Cuttack city, the proposal reasoned.

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