Engineering, technical departments under one roof to commemorate 150 years of the institute

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to inaugurate on January 17 Rs 9.37 crores received from the State Govt, of which Rs 6 crores to be used for Techno campus `Centre has given Rs 15 crores'

Kolkata: Calcutta University will create a Techno Campus, to bring together the engineering and technical departments under one roof, in Salt Lake to commemorate 150 years of the institute.

Speaking to mediapersons Vice-Chancellor Professor Asis Kumar Banerjee said here over the week-end, "To celebrate 150 years of the university, we have already taken up developmental projects like the construction of Techno campus with an investment of Rs 30 crores."

"We have received Rs 9.37 crores from the State Government, of which Rs 6 crores would be utilised for the Techno campus," Prof. Banerjee said.

"The Centre, through the UGC, has given us Rs 15 crores on this occasion. The fund would also be utilised in various developmental projects including the Techno campus," Prof Banerjee added. The university would also renovate all its buildings.

The Techno campus would have three towers -- administrative building, common faculty centre and a techno-tower. All the technical departments of CU would be relocated in this techno-tower.

This tower would house all the engineering, bio-technology and other departments of the Rajabazar Science College. The construction of this techno-tower had already started, Prof Banerjee said.

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam would inaugurate the opening ceremony on January 17, which would continue till January 24. Governor of West Bengal Gopal Krishna Gandhi, who is also the Chancellor of CU and state Higher Education Minister Satya Sadhan Chakrabarty would be present at the inaugural ceremony.

Vice-Chancellors of 27 Indian universities, representatives of 50 Indian universities and a few International universities would also grace the occasion.

To celebrate the foundation day on January 24, four processions would be taken out from various parts of the city, which would meet at the university campus in College Street led by academics, celebrities, poets apart from the university teachers and students.

Commemorating 150 years of the university, a Memorandum of Understanding would be signed between CU and Institute of Oriental Studies of Tokyo University to take up collaborative projects, research programmes and teacher-student exchange programmes.

Calcutta University has also chalked out a detailed year-long programme to celebrate the occasion, the VC said. The celebration would include various international seminars, to be organised by different departments.

As part of the celebration, CU would release three books. Of this, a detailed history of the university would be published at the end of 2006. A 25-member committee, led by Professor Bhaskar Chakrabarty, with a full-fledged research team, has been formed for writing and editing the book.

Another 100 page brief history of Calcutta University would also be published followed by a pictorial history of the institute and a small narrative with pictures, the VC said. -- UNI