DW BUREAU / Shimla
The Government of Punjab and the Shoolini University, Solan have agreed to establish a global research university in 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 Technical Education and 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 highly successful research based focus of the University which has been an innovative path breaker in its field.
Shoolini University will make an investment of Rs 750 crore over a period of ten years and would provide direct and indirect employment to about 1500 persons, as per the understanding.
It would provide an opportunity and platform for Punjabi NRI scientists to come back and contribute to their state. 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 eminent educationist and Shoolini University Vice Chancellor Prof PK Khosla.
The proposed campus would provide world class education to over 5,000 students with proven career and opportunities.
Besides, the proposed campus would provide for an incubation ecosystem for food processing, biotechnology and other related start-ups. It shall also lead research and innovation in key areas of concern for Punjab including water, food and cancer.
The ten-year old University has also been recognised as one of the foremost patent filing educational institutions in India. 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.