Sambalpur University to set up a centre for rural management
Sambalpur, April 17: Sambalpur University here has sought the permission of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Delhi, to set up a centre for rural management on its campus.
The syndicate of Sambalpur University had earlier approved the draft proposal of the requirements for the proposed centre, which is now under UGC’s consideration for fund allocation under the 12th Five Year Plan.
“According to the UGC guidelines, the university has submitted two parallel scenarios for the requirements of developmental assistance. A detailed budget of Rs 36.3 crore and Rs 60.95 crore had been submitted to the commission for the scenario one and scenario two requirements, respectively,” said spokesperson of the university Rajat Kujur.
He said a separate proposal of Rs 5.82 crore for other developmental work had also been submitted to the UGC.
“The draft proposal highlights the requirements pertaining to building, staff members, library, campus development, healthcare, students’ amenities, new research activities, new extension activities and outreach programmes,” Kujur said.
As a part of new extension activities and outreach programmes, the university has proposed to conduct training, workshop and awareness programmes on legal rights, human rights, consumer protection and economic rights and organic solid waste management.
“Our vision is to transform the university into a knowledge centre through capacity building, consolidating infrastructure, faculty strengthening, congenial study atmosphere, quality research and incorporating innovative approaches of human development. We want to make the university one of the top ranking institutions in the state,” said Kujur.
Besides the centre of rural management, the university has included several other plans in its draft proposal, including conducting research studies. The topics for research are impact assessment of Sambalpur University educational system on the students of marginalised communities, on Gandhamardan hill resources, impact assessment of Hirakud reservoir and treatment of municipal wastewater by root zone technology.