After eight years, BPUT campus yet to take shape

July 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm Leave a comment

Following report is from express buzz.com:

ROURKELA: Eight years have gone by. Today what meets the eye at the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) campus is the framework of incomplete structures. The construction work at Rourkela is running behind schedule with no known timeframe for its completion.

Even as the varsity authorities continue to draw flak for operating from Bhubaneswar, the abrupt halt in the construction has assumed a political tone with conspiracy theory about shifting of the campus elsewhere flying high.

The issue has witnessed several protests in the past even as work progressed at a limping pace till 18 months back when it was abruptly stopped.

Around 150 acres of land have been allotted for the campus. Building blocks for the five major buildings to house the administrative block, library and computer science department, student complex, centre for advance study and vicechancellor residence have been erected as the total expenditure runs into nearly `25 crore.

The executing agency, IDCO refused to take responsibility for the slow pace of work. “We are waiting for design clearance from the BPUT,” said IDCO Divisional Manager AK Mishra.

If administrative sources are to be believed, the delay is being attributed to the late realisation on the part of state industries department and BPUT, who have belatedly found fault with the main architecture designs. Neither the Government nor the BPUT is ready to take a decision on the new design, it is being alleged.

Despite repeated attempts BPUT vicechancellor Jitendra Satpathy remained incommunicado.

On the other hand, BJP’s Panposh organisational district president Dhiren Sepati alleged that it is a ploy to get the varsity shifted from Rourkela. The party will stage a dharna in front of the Chief Minister’s residence in Bhubaneswar next month, he added.

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Entry filed under: BPUT Rourkela, Higher Education Zone, Region watch, Sundargarh-Rourkela-Panposh-Bonai, Sundergarh, Universities.

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