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800+ GNLU students move into ‘monumental’ 50 acre, Rs 150 crore campus in Gandhinagar

GNLU new campus: Shiny and swirly
GNLU new campus: Shiny and swirly

More than 800 GNLU Gandhinagar students are moving onto a new 50 acre campus, which once swimming pools and sporting facilities are finished next year will have cost up to Rs 150 crore.

GNLU vice chancellor Professor Bimal Patel said: “It is monumental. It will almost be your second home.

“In terms of facility, environment and ecological care we have taken, I have seen a lot of campuses in the world but this is something that is a statement.”

Patel said that all 800 LLB students, around 24 LLM students and 30 PhD students had already moved to the new campus, which would be fully completed with a swimming pool and more sporting facilities in one-and-a-half years.

Not wooden anymore
Not wooden anymore

The academic block, library, computing facilities and conference halls are also complete but the 41 full-time faculty and 50 administrative staff would only move into the new campus in future.

Patel told Legally India that the total budget for the campus was planned to be capped at Rs 150 crore, all of which was provided by the Gujarat state government. In addition the University Grants Commission (UGC) provided Rs 5 crore and the Gujarat government granted 50 acres worth of land in what is “one of the most pricey areas of Gandhinagar” in the “Knowledge Corridor” alongside other institutes, said Patel.

Gujarat governor Shrimati Kamla and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi are chief guests at the inauguration of the new campus this Saturday (7 January), alongside India’s vice president Hamid Ansari, Supreme Court judge Justice and GNLU visitor Anil Dave, and Gujurat law minister Dileep Sanghani.

National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL) Ranchi in Jharkhand has been allotted 100 acres of land, Legally India reported in June. HNLU Raipur has a new campus of around 60 acres.

Correction: The originally published article misstated the campus’ budget, which is in fact Rs 155 crore excluding the land that was provided by the government.

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