Punjab is coming up with Educity, the most ambitious education project of Punjab Government at new Chandigarh, Mullanpur. The Educity will be modeled on the Oxford University. With a variety of institutions, several constituent colleges and a wide range of academic departments, the Educity would house schools, colleges and universities offering state of the art facilities.
Speaking about the project Deputy CM Punjab Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “The ultra modern Educity with a contingent of schools and colleges for varied streams will not only provide the best of education but also the environment to fill the “Innovation Gap” in the curriculum and requirements of the industry. This will also bring the world class education within the reach of overseas education aspirants.”
The process of acquiring and developing 1700 acres of land for the Educity project has already begun. Land will be acquired in villages Kansala (419 acres), Takipur (354 acres), Rajgarh (337 acres), Boothgarh (303 acres) and Kartarpur (287 acres) for this ambitious project. The project so completed would offer education facilities in courses like Engineering, Medical, Management, Biotech, Tourism, Hospital, Multimedia, pharmaceuticals etc. Land may also be allotted to some IT companies in this Education City. Apart from allotment of land to various educational institutions, residential and commercial areas will be developed in the project for the convenience of the students and the faculty.
Apart from setting up the new centres, Punjab Government has been upgrading the existing educational institutes and universities. Punjab Govt has released Rs. 60 crores to Patiala University; 20 croresto Punjab University Chandigarh; 50 crores to Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar and 20 crores to Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law Patiala. The Government has also released 329.16 crores for private aided colleges in the state of Punjab. Budget provision of Rs.35 crores has also been made for bus pass facility to the students.
By making quality education accessible to its students, Punjab is sure to upgrade the quality of its human resources and take a leap in the economic development too.