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By Way2k Way2k
Way2k 5 Oct 2012
Eflu expansion plans hang fire

The English and Foreign Languages University (Eflu)'s much-advertised plan of starting campuses in other states is moving at a snail's pace. The varsity was supposed to set up campuses on 100 acres of land each in Haryana and Kerala but the timeframe for the same is set to lapse in June this year with Eflu having only a four-member land allotment committee to show. Interestingly, the committee, headed by former Eflu pro-vice chancellor Maya Pandit, has not met even once with the deadline all but round the corner.

Eflu expansion plans hang fire
Not with standing the university's laid back attitude, Kerala has already allotted 100 acres for a campus in Panakkad in Malappuram district on March 23. But Eflu authorities are yet to visit and approve the site. Those in the know of things, however, stated that university officials should get a clearance from the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) after inspection of the proposed project site. No deal has been signed with the Haryana government for the campus as yet but Eflu officials said that “they were still awaiting the former's response to the proposal”.

Sources said that “the proposal was rendered void on March 31 as the university did not approach the Haryana government for land within the stipulated timeframe”. Ironically, the new campus plans figure prominently on the Eflu website and also in vice-chancellor in-charge's note. University officials said that “they will be able to proceed with their plans only after obtaining a go ahead from MHRD. We have already written to MHRD and are awaiting a reply. As soon as we get one, we will proceed with the plans," said an official.

However, sources in the Kerala government said that “they were anxious about the fate of the proposed campus in the state. We have not received any communication from the university. Since we fast-tracked the clearances for the new campus, we were expecting a prompt response from university officials," said Malappuram district collector Mohandas. Interestingly, Maya Pandit was given the charge of heading the panel in question at a time when she was actually away from the country. She is not expected to take charge before May 15.

The university has currently entered the spillover period of three months, after which it might not even get an extension for the project. "We need not wait for Maya Pandit's return to go ahead with the project. We are awaiting MHRD clearance," said an Eflu official. The university currently has two offshore campuses, in Lucknow and Shillong. The new campuses in Haryana and Kerala were proposed during the tenure of former vice-chancellor, Abhai Maurya.

Courtesy: Times of India

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