The fledgling Central University of Rajasthan will conduct its courses from the campus of Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT) here due to the lack of premises of its own. In fact, it is yet to be known from where the institution, which came into existence a few months ago, would be located.
V-C M.M. Salunkhe said here that the university has launched two P-G programmes for the current academic year: M.Sc. Tech. (Mathematics) and M.Sc. Statistics (Actuarial), both offered for the first time in Rajasthan. “The courses provide excellent career prospects,” he said.
Twenty students each have been admitted to both the programmes after an all-India entrance examination. The induction programme is due this Monday in the presence of Nilesh Sathe, Executive Director, LIC of India; Aditya Shastri, V-C, Banasthali University and R.P. Dahiya, Director, MNIT.
The members of the first executive council and the first academic council of the University have been nominated by the Union Human Resources Development Ministry. The Academic Council members include Romila Thapar, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, R.S. Despande, Director, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, besides, Naresh Dadhich, V-C of Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University, and P.C. Vyas, former Head of the Department of Chemistry, University of Rajasthan.
The members of the Executive Council include Pramod Tandon, V-C, North-East Hill University, Shillong, Suranjan Das, V-C, Kolkata University, R.K. Kale, V-C, Central University of Gujarat, and G.K. Chadha, former V-C of JNU.
There are uncertainties about the continuing of the Central University here as the matter has to be settled along with the contentious issue of locating the IIT and IIM sanctioned for Rajasthan. As for full-fledged functioning of the university, Prof. Salunkhe said once its location is decided the institution would offer many other courses. “My team is ready to go anywhere in the State.”