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Bodhi Has Writ

Mayawati's dream university takes shape

Bodhi Has Writ
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The Zen Univ

  • With a 511-acre campus, the Gautam Buddha University (GBU) will have the biggest library and hostel facility of any government university
  • GBU will be a modern technology/ management university but with a Buddhist soul
  • With a budget of around Rs 1,000 crore, the university will eventually have 5,000 seats to offer
  • GBU will have a school for Buddhist studies, wi-fi connectivity and a meditation centre

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Jawaharlal Nehru once dreamt of IITs as institutes that would sculpt India's technocrats of the future. Fifty years on, UP chief minister Mayawati is having similar dreams, of an institution providing cutting-edge education to all classes with special emphasis, of course, on the weaker sections of society. So, beginning the 2008-09 academic session, the Gautam Buddha University (GBU), Mayawati's brainchild in Greater Noida on Delhi's periphery, is readying itself to carry out that mandate. The new university, a JNU of sorts if you will, shall have at its heart the ideals of Buddhism.

Spread over a sprawling 511 acres off the Taj Expressway, the first programme to open the university will be an MBA degree course, with around 100 seats. The admission process and faculty recruitment is already on and GBU officials claim to have received applications from even teachers at the IITs for faculty positions. "Word is getting around about the university. It's a gigantic dream with unparalleled projects, like the 1,40,000 sq ft library and the 5,000 single-room hostel complex, both of which I think will be the biggest in the country," exclaims university vice-chancellor R.S. Nirjar. Both the projects, if realised, will surpass the size of Jawaharlal Nehru University's present library (about 1,00,000 sq ft) and its hostel strength (4,324).

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