Haryana decides to allot 2k acre for education

Written by fe Bureaus | Chandigarh | Updated: Aug 31 2009, 05:56am hrs
The Haryana government has decided to allot land to nine institutions for development of Rajiv Gandhi Education City at Kundli in Sonipat.

The education city will come up on 2007 acre with more than Rs 1,000-crore investment by the institutions, which plan to operate from the allotted land.

Officials in the education department, Haryana told FE that the state government plans to make the proposed education city a hub of higher learning and centre for research in cutting-edge technologies such as nano-technology, biotechnology, genetics, engineering, technology and medicines. These institutes will cater to the tertiary learning requirement of students from the state, country and overseas.

The seat reservation policy and fee structure will be determined by the Haryana government to facilitate quality education, research and social justice. Most of these institutions have foreign tie-ups with renowned universities and industries to provide the students with access to education of global standard.

The institutions will be autonomous but will be required to adhere to the broad master plan stipulations that will safeguard functional affinities and environmental system at the city level.

Expressions of interest (EOI) for setting up educational institutions and universities in the RGEC were invited on January 1. 31 aspirants applied for allotment of land in RGEC but 26 applicants attended interviews and made presentation before the allotment committee, chaired by D S Dhesi, financial commissioner, town and country planning.

Based on the recommendations of the committee, the state government decided to allot plots to Thapar University, Manav Rachna International University, International Foundation for Research and Education, Birla Institute of Management Technology, FORE School of Management, Sonipat Hindu Educational and Charitable Society, Karnataka Lingyat Educational Society, Asian Education Society and Lala Nemi Chand Educational Trust.