Meant to provide relief to students from the vicinity of Thane region,who have to come all the way to the Fort or Kalina campuses of Mumbai University for academic or administrative work,construction work on the Thane sub-centre in Balkum is expected to finally start over three years since the university acquired the land.
While a contractor was selected in the last week of June,the work orders are to be issued soon. The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has made over six acres available for the development of the sub-centre. The land was allotted by TMC in 2006 and the university acquired the land three years ago. The foundation stone-laying ceremony was held in 2010. Since then,the land has remained untouched.
There are several processes involved after you acquire the land. The final permission for the construction came only two months ago. It will take a year for the construction to get over and classes will start from the 2014-15 academic year. We will initially start with integrated programmes in management at the sub-centre, said a university official.
The university had earlier said the sub-centre would be functional by June 2012. Authorities have also been revising the budget. While it was Rs 3 crore in 2011-12,the budgetary provision was increased to Rs 5 crore during 2012-13 and was further revised to Rs 65 crore this academic year. But besides a boundary wall,there has been no significant development.
For another sub-centre in Kalyan,the building design is yet to be submitted. The foundation stone for it was laid in 2011. A university official said the design is almost ready and would be submitted this month.
According to the university,in the past five to six years,it has seen a 104 per cent increase in under-graduate students,112 per cent increase in PG students and 147 per cent increase in distance education students. The sub-campuses or centres are expected to benefit lakhs of students.