S. Sandeep Kumar

Work on Rs. 9-cr. building to begin on June 30 and to be completed in a year

To offer 24-hour exclusive competitive examinations library, computer labs and other facilitiesTo come up in a total area of one lakh square feet near Administrative Building

HYDERABAD: In tune with emerging trends in the education field, Osmania University is coming up with a Central Student Facility concept for the benefit of both students and teachers. Work on the building, estimated to cost around Rs. 9 crores, is to be completed in one year once it takes off on June 30 this year.

The state-of-the-art building is expected to have a 24-hour exclusive Competitive Examinations Library, reading rooms, e-class rooms, computer labs, language lab, English Language Training Cell, Placement Cell Lounge, conference room, 200-seating capacity auditorium and cafeteria, all in a total area of one lakh square feet near the Administrative Building on the way towards Law College.

Initially the building was to be constructed near the Arts College, but with the Archaeology Department raising concerns over the possibilities of the Arts building losing its charm, it was finalised near Administrative Building.

Funding sources

Speaking to The Hindu , OU Registrar M. Mutha Reddy said under the 10th plan of University Grants Commission for 2002-07, the university was permitted to take up this facility with a grant of Rs. 1.95 crores and the university with its internal sources has allocated Rs. 2 crores for constructing the ground floor and first floor to begin with.

The construction of the building was to have begun last year but due to the sudden demise of the then Vice-Chancellor J. Anantha Swamy, it had to be postponed and this year, with the Finance Committee and Executive Council of the university approving the concept, the construction is to begin shortly, he said.