Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala University budget on Tuesday has come up with a Rs 300 crore project for turning the Kariavattom campus into a centre of excellence of world class standards with funds from the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). The budget, presented in the syndicate by finance standing committee chairman K H Babujan, envisages modern classrooms, seminar halls, hostels, libraries with digital facilities and beautification of the campus as part of the project.
A Kerala gramam under the International Centre of Kerala Studies which would recreate traditional buildings, archives, vintage cars and traditional paths was another proposal in the budget. The University will earmark the Rs 5 crore it got as the chancellor’s award for constructing a chancellor’s multiplex having a heritage museum and a multi- disciplinary research centre.
Rs 15 lakh has been earmarked for converting the botanical garden under the botany department into international standards. Rs 2 crore has been earmarked for the renovation of the bachelor’s hostel at Karivattom, Rs 5 lakh for the proposed human resources centre for training the staff of the university and Rs 10 lakh for the proposed centre for academic and industrial collaboration.
Rs 2.80 crore has been earmarked for completing the construction of the student’s amenity centre and front office, Rs 50 lakh for the beautification of the Palayam campus, Rs 2 crore for the construction and renovation of the students hostels, Rs 2.50 lakh for the new building at the Palayam campus, Rs 50 lakh for the drinking water scheme at Palayam and Kariavattom campus and Rs 50 lakh for the renovation of roads inside the Palayam campus.