Releasing Rs 60 cr for University of Sport, Punjab CM heads finance department
Punjab Chief Minister 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 Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University ( 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.