Special Correspondent

Asks State to earmark land within the campus of Hyderabad Central University

Second campus to be set up in two phases

Projected investment is over Rs. 2,500 crore

HYDERABAD: Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (TIFR) is planning to set up its second campus in city to commemorate the birth centenary of its founder Dr. Homi J. Bhabha commencing from Oct.31.

Director of TIFR, Mumbai, Mustansir Barma wrote a letter to Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy recently about the proposal for the second campus with a projected investment of over Rs. 2,500 crore over a period of 12 to 15 years.

Hyderabad, a fast developing metropolis with good national and international connectivity met the required benchmarks and was their preferred choice for the second campus, he said and requested the Government to earmark required land within the campus of Hyderabad Central University which they had already identified as they were keen to lay the foundation at the earliest.

The Chief Minister as well as HCU Vice-Chancellor Syed E. Hasnain welcomed the proposal from the nation’s prestigious research institute and its presence within the Central University would go a long way in making the University a world class research hub.

Explaining the need for second campus, Mr. Barma said the Institute was poised for greater growth but the present campus lacked the space.

The second campus would be set up in two phases, phase I (2008 to 2014) and phase II (2014 to 2020).TIFR established in 1945, began its research in areas of cosmic rays and high energy physics, theoretical physics and mathematics and extended the scope to include fields like nuclear physics, nuclear and electron magnetism, computer science, geophysics, molecular biology, radio astronomy and science education.