Release of Rs 60 crore for sports university, Punjab CM heads finance department
Chandigarh, May 11 (PTI) Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered the finance department to immediately release the sanctioned amount of Rs 60 crore for the first phase of construction of the Patiala campus of the University of Sports by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab (MBSPSU).
He also asked the department to increase the allocation for the first institution in this year’s budget, saying the Rs 15 crore allocated to the university was too lower.
Reviewing the progress of the state’s first sports university in a virtual meeting, the chief minister asked Minister for Persons with Disabilities Vijay Inder Singla to appoint a chief engineer to lead the construction, according to a government press release.
He also asked Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Sodhi to set up a three-member committee to coordinate with the PWD to speed up work on the university, which has been operating from another campus since 2019.
To ensure a world-class curriculum at the university, the Chief Minister approved a draft memorandum of understanding to be signed with the UK’s Loughborough University to institutionalize the collaboration between the two.
MBSPSU Vice Chancellor Lt. General (Retired) JS Cheema told the meeting that construction of the university is in full swing in Patiala.
The campus would be spread over an area of approximately 100 acres. PTI CHS VSD SMN SMN