Singh, a researcher at General Motors in Bangalore, has set up a primary school, Chaitanya Gurukul Public School, on 13 acres at Chamanpura, his village in Gopalganj district. Construction on the residential school began in 2009 and its first session took off last year with 500 students.
Omer Hejazeen, an entrepreneur who runs a media production company in Dubai and hails from Biridipur village in Darbhanga district, has got the architectural layout ready for his Haji Omer Yasin Asim Memorial Institute of Technology, an engineering college spread across 49 acres in his village.
Then, there’s Bibhuti Bikramaditya, who is setting up an ‘Advanced Electronics Lab’ in Patna. Bikramaditya, who hails from Janipur village in Sitamarhi district and who worked as a project manager in nSystech, Seoul, for seven years, returned to Patna in 2010 to set up his company, Tekbrains, which develops hardware solutions. The lab he plans to set up in Patna has been approved by the Union Ministry of IT and Communications and will be operational next month. It has 30 computers and plans to enrol 60 students who will be awarded diplomas in electronics system design, in association with DOEACC.
Though most of the institutes are coming up in villages or remote towns, their founders aren’t aiming to provide just basic education. They want the campuses to be “world-class” and have drawn up ambitious blue-prints that chalk out 10-year-long plans and huge investments.
For the Haji Omer Yasin Asim Memorial Institute of Technology, for instance, Hejazeen has earmarked
Rs 32 crore, which, he says, he will fund himself. The campus—construction began this month and is targeted to be completed by 2012—will be run by a family trust, Madina Education Welfare Trust. In a village that gets “only 10 hours of electricity a week”, the campus will have two generators and solar panels, says Hejazeen. The trust has struck a deal with Heriot-Watt University in the UK for exchange programmes, with Samsung for supply of laptops and a service centre on the campus, and with Cisco for Wi-Fi enabling and biometric devices. The campus will have a gym,