The team, aided by six officials of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD), was in the university to know about the progress of the project.
“We will study the project and submit our recommendations to the Centre,” said Meinya Thockam, president of the parliamentary committee. The finance ministry had sanctioned the fund in 2006. The university has received a grant of Rs 30 crore, and spent Rs 10 crore so far.
“The members have agreed to increase the grant,” said CU registrar Sameer Bandopadhyay.
The Centre has assured us that the entire fund will be available to the university by 2011, said the registrar.
On how the varsity will maintain the recurring expenses of the centre, university officials told the delegation that funds will be generated from industry-specific research, providing technical expertise to institutions and running courses.
Bandopadhyay said, once the centre is in operation, the university plans to generate Rs 2 crore from such activities.
The university has recently inaugurated its 8th campus at Salt Lake where the centre will come up.