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Down Town varsity inauguration today

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 6 � Following the nod from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to start integrated campuses offering education in multifarious fields, the Assam down town University at Panikhaiti is all set to make forays into five streams of engineering, management and pharmacy.

To be formally inaugurated as a university tomorrow, the campus has already been running nursing and paramedical science courses since 2008 and 2009 respectively. After completing the due process in 2010, the campus was given a university status by the Government of Assam.

Addressing a press meet today, Dr NN Dutta, Chancellor of the university said that the down town charity trust hopes to build the single largest educational campus in the region providing courses in most of the streams, especially courses having great demand but facing a shortage of skilled manpower in the region.

With the new five streams starting, the students' strength in the campus would reach 1,000 this academic year.

"There is a lack of good educational facility in the region which forces thousands of students of the Northeast to study their desired courses outside, which results in brain drain as well as money drain from the region. We aim at imparting education in a way that increases employability of our students," Dutta added.

The university also intends to expand its infrastructure further by adding more academic and administrative areas totaling over 10,00,000 square feet and hostel area to accommodate 2,500 students, canteen and food courts, a mini stadium with swimming pool and gymnasium, outdoor sports facilities, an auditorium for 1,000 people, banking and shopping facilities in the campus. The university also aims to be able to house around 5,000 students in five years� time and 8,000 students at the end of ten years, making it one of the largest campuses in the country.

�Besides the existing streams, the university would start courses in hospitality, travel and tourism and also medicine. The university already has 70 fulltime faculties in its campus and over the years it would increase to 250. Emphasis would be given on getting PhD faculties and specialized people for various streams.

In its bid to reach out to different sections of the society the university has decided to reserve seats for women and create separate fund to provide scholarships to meritorious students. The university has also decided to promote research projects and is planning to earmark 1 per cent of all revenues for such purpose.

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