The finance committee of the Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU) approved a budget of Rs 8.5 crore to develop its two constituent colleges The
Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Lucknow College of Architecture as centres of excellence in the next academic session on Friday.
The committee,in a meeting headed by Principal Secretary (Technical Education) Alok Ranjan,have approved Rs 7 crore for IET while Rs 1.5 crore for College of Architecture.
Both the institutes would be the first colleges of UPTU that are going to be developed as centre of excellence.
Maximum investment will be made to upgrade laboratories with advanced technology equipments and expanding the faculty, said Rajvardhan,Finance Officer,UPTU.
Rajvardhan said that after assessing the performance similar initiatives would be taken for other colleges too.
IET Director,SK Srivastava said,Software laboratory and labs of chemical engineering as well as biotechnology would be set up with the fund. Emphasis would be on promotion of research activities.
The university has also decided to increase the number of seats in IET and College of Architecture in the next academic session 2009-10. At IET,205 seats will be increased in under graduate courses,including chemical engineering,mechanical engineering,information technology and civil engineering. At Lucknow College of Architecture,20 more students will be admitted in BArch during the next session. IET has capacity of 60 students in each of the under-graduate courses,but only 30 students were given. So it was proposed to increase the number of seats to 60, said Srivastava.
The committee also approved a budget of Rs 50 crore for extension of university campus in Jankipuram. The university has already acquired 37-acre land in Jankipuram for developing new buildings. The university has also sanctioned Rs 1.5 crore for furnishing the auditorium at the IET campus and another Rs 1 crore for constructing a stadium.