The Indian Institute of Science at Kundapura will strive for the overall development of Chitradurga district, V.V. Bhat, member of the Union Finance Commission, has said.
He was speaking at a review meeting of development works on the Kundapura campus of the institute in Challakere taluk on Wednesday. Mr. Bhat said priority would be given to the agricultural sector, for improving a new variety of groundnut which is grown more in this part of the district. There were also plans to start a joint venture with the Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board to grow biofuel plants in and around the campus, he added.
Ramchandrappa, Executive Engineer, Public Works Department, told the meeting that proposals had been submitted regarding widening of the Daggavar–Challakere and Challakere–Nayakanahatti roads in a phased manner. “In the first phase, the Daggavar–Challakere road will be widened up to nine metres, and in the second phase the Challakere–Nayakanahatti road will be widened up to seven m,” he said.
Assistant Commissioner Nagaraj said a public interest litigation had been filed in the High Court regarding the handover of land to IISc. The district administration was prepared to tackle the issue, he added.
IISc. Special Officer Jagadish said a skill development programme for students who have completed their SSLC and PUC would be started on the campus shortly.