The proposed English and foreign languages university campus at Panakkad in the district will launch its academic programmes from the next year, Minister for Education P.K. Abdu Rabb has said.
Mr. Rabb on Friday inspected the land proposed for setting up the university at Panakkad along with Board of Research Studies chairman P. Madhavan, Associate Professor C. Vipin Kumar, and District Collector M.C. Mohandas.
He said the land was apt for the university, and a preliminary report on the project's feasibility would be submitted soon. An amount of Rs.20 crore had been allocated for the university project at Panakkad.
Mr. Madhavan said that a proposal for a Rs.124-crore project would be submitted to the University Grants Commission (UGC) under the 12th Five Year Plan.
The officials who accompanied the Minister said that work of the university would start soon after the government gave sanction for the project.
The proposed university would provide facilities for research in more than a dozen languages.
More than 3,000 students could be accommodated at the university, which could organise international training programmes, said the officials.
The institute would accommodate 25 per cent foreign students, they said.
Mr. Mohandas said that water for the university would be ensured by constructing a permanent check dam in the Kadalundipuzha at Panakkad.
The work of the check dam had already started.
The university at Panakkad will be modelled after the EFL University, Hyderabad.