Punjab Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT Photo)
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Punjab CM lays foundation stone of sports university in Patiala on Dussehra – education

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh digitally laid the foundation stone for Punjab’s first dedicated sports university and various other development projects in Patiala on the occasion of Dussehra on Sunday.

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Sports University will be developed at Rs 500 crore, of which Rs 60 crore will be invested in the initial phase for the development of academic and administrative blocks and hostels on campus, according to a government statement.

The prime minister recalled the contribution of his grandfather Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, whose 129th birthday is celebrated on Sunday. The university is established in his memory. The university will help in the scientific development of athletes, Singh said, adding that he wanted the Punjab to develop as a sports center and for its athletes and coaches to be equipped with scientific knowledge.

He thanked the panchayat and the people of Sidhuwal who provided free land for the sports university. Sidhuwal residents had previously donated land for a law university and also offered another 100 kilas (acres) for other projects, the chief minister said, announcing a 50 lakh rupee grant for the village.

Singh expressed hope that staff and students can move onto campus by 2022. They will benefit greatly from the university’s multiple courses, many of which are adopted from Loughborough University in the UK, he said.

He assured that despite the COVID-19 crisis, his government will provide more funds to the university for the prompt completion of the works.

Singh also extended Dussehra’s greetings to the people of Patiala, who, he said, “suffered greatly” due to the coronavirus infection. He urged them to take every precaution amid projections of an increase in cases in November-December.

Other development projects that were launched included the supply of water-based surface water for the city of Patiala (Rs 503 crore), the development of a historic street near Qila Mubarak (Rs 43 crore) and a new bus stop in Rajpura Road (Rs 65 crore).

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