: The Central University of Kerala (CUK) has overcome the initial hurdles over identifying suitable land and is now well on course to setting up its permanent campus at Periye.

The university has chosen the Hyderabad-based firm Team One India to prepare the master plan for its ‘Smart, Intelligent, Eco Residential’ campus, at an estimated cost of Rs.30 lakh, said CUK Registrar K.M. Abdur Rasheed.

The firm was awarded the task of preparing the master plan after inviting Expression of Interest through the media and Internet. The work will get under way with Union Human Resource Minister Kapil Sibal scheduled to lay the foundation stone on October 31.

The campus, expected to come up on 350 acres land at Periye in Pullur-Periye panchayat in the district, would initially be able to

accommodate around 3,000 students besides faculty and non-faculty members by the end of 2015-16, he said. The campus would be planned in such a way as to accommodate as many as 10,000 students along with required teaching and non-teaching members within 15 years, Mr. Rasheed said.

Various blocks to accommodate administrative, faculty, laboratory, auditorium, residential quarters, hostel, guest house would also simultaneously come up on the campus close to the National Highway, which would be widened to 45-metre four-lane.

The university began its afforestation drive as part of ‘Green the Campus’ programme last month. Vice Chancellor Jancy James inaugurated the drive by planting a sapling in the compound. The master plan envisages a sports complex, playgrounds, exclusive jogging tracks, indoor stadium, swimming pool apart from the main stadium.