Director of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) P. Balram has said that measures would be taken to recharge borewells and other water sources on the Nayakanahatti campus, by constructing a tank costing Rs. 5 crore.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the construction of the tank here on Wednesday, he said the people of the region were facing shortage of water because of scanty rainfall and depleting groundwater table.

The major sources of Ajjayyana Kere would be rejuvenated, he said. Meanwhile, the IISc. has been holding training programmes for teachers of government schools, in order to improve their skills. There are plans to open a full-fledged skill development centre on the campus by spending Rs. 20 crore, he said.

Land for the centre has been identified and teachers attending the training programme would be provided with all necessary facilities, including free food and accommodation, he added.

IISc. special officer H.S. Jagadish said work on the solar power generation unit has already been taken up by the centre at a cost of Rs. 10 crore, and the officers concerned were working to ensure that the project was completed at the earliest.

IISc. Khudapur in-charge B.N. Raghu Nandan said measures would be taken to construct a main entrance for the campus by spending Rs. 1.5 crore.

The entrance would resemble the main gate of the historical Chitradurga fort, he said.

Deputy Commissioner V.P. Ikkeri, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer K.M. Narayanswamy, training centre in-charge M.S. Hegade and Chief Engineer of the Upper Bhadra Project R. Cheluvaraj were present.

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