Chandigarh: The Government of Punjab and research-based Shoolini University have agreed on the establishment of an international standard research university in the State of Punjab. Documents pertaining to the expression of interest were exchanged during the Progressive Punjab Investors’ summit in the campus of Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali between Punjab Secretary Employment Generation Rahul Tiwari and Shoolini University Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Atul Khosla.
Punjab had invited Shoolini University to set up a campus in the State keeping in view the successful research based focus of the University. The University will make an investment of Rs 750 crore over a period of ten years and provide direct and indirect employment to about 1,500 persons, as per the understanding.
It will provide an opportunity and platform for Punjabi NRI scientists to come back and contribute to their state, said a Press communication from the University. Among other prominent academicians on the Board of their proposed university would be former Delhi University VC Dr Dinesh Singh, and former Director General of Indian Council for Agricultural Research Dr Raj Paroda, besides Shoolini University Vice Chancellor Prof P K Khosla.
Prof Khosla said the proposed campus will provide education to over 5,000 students and an incubation ecosystem for food processing, biotechnology and other related startups, while leading research and innovation in key areas of concern for Punjab including water, food and cancer.
The special areas of focus for Shoolini include Bio Sciences, food technology, Pharma sciences and cutting-edge technology which are its priorities for research and education.
The Vice Chancellor said that Solan-based Shoolini University would like to replicate the Shoolini model in the neighbouring state of Punjab and added that it aims to make a sizeable impact on the students from smaller towns and villages of Punjab.