The Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has requested the state government to allot it more land to fulfill conditions to get financial grants from the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Though any university recognised by the state government gets UGC approval autonomically,it must satisfy certain conditions for it to become eligible for financial grants.
The rule 12(B) of the UGC Act of 1957,which has not been amended so far,wants a university to have at least 200 acres of land for its premises if it wants financial grants. However,this condition is becoming difficult for many state universities,particularly the new ones being set up,owing to depletion of land bank with the state governments.
Set up in 2009,GTU was first allotted 21 acres at Chandkheda to construct a building and accommodate its offices. As the building is under construction,it currently functions from the Joint Committee for Professional Courses (JACPC) building on the LD College of Engineering campus.
GTU Vice-Chancellor Akshai Aggarwal told The Indian Express that the government had in-principle agreed to allot 100 acres of land near Gandhinagar. But since GTU would still be short of land to fulfill the UGC conditions,it has requested the government to allot 37 acres land adjoining the 100-acre plot near Gandhinagar.
Besides,the university has sought land to set up its regional centres in Vadodara,Surat and Rajkot so that the 200-acre criterion can be fulfilled.
According to Aggarwal,land is required to set up various postgraduate departments and laboratories etc. for research projects.
The V-C said he had also recently requested the Union Human Resource Development Ministry to consider GTUs case for financial grants in the 12th Five-Year Plan.
The government has allocated Rs 80 crore for 2012-13 to GTU for construction of its building and setting up an advanced laboratory to enable research and development in various engineering and pharmaceutical fields.
The university has already started 12 PG courses and research programmes through its affiliated colleges.