Cuttack: The first classes of the proposed Sri Sri University will begin in 2011. A capacity of 7,500 students is expected by 2016, said A Sathyanarayanadirector (Administration) of the varsity.
The university will feature a state-of-the-art teaching hospital as well as an Ayurvedic hospital, he added. The university has been provided 185 acres of land by the state government on the banks of the river Kathjodi at Naraj, 25 km from the capital city. The state government passed the Sri Sri University Act in the State Assembly empowering the authorities to set up a multidisciplinary educational complex.
According to Sathyanarayana, the progress on the project front is rapid after the Act was notified in the Official Gazette on January 15.
Plans have been finalised for the phase I of the campus, including an iconic building that draws inspiration from the ancient Lord Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar. The design and layout of the university campus and building will use stand-alone micro campuses for various colleges and centres. The Jaisim-Fountainhead is the lead architect for the project.
The design also draws inspiration from cave-cut temples like Ajanta and Ellora and ancient centres of learning like Ratnagiri and Nalanda. The university will offer Bachelors', Masters' and Doctoral degrees in multiple discipline under the banner of several colleges of vocational training, Ayurvedic studies, management, osteopathy, medicine, engineering, yoga and naturopathy, journalism and media studies, Indology and Vedic sciences, music and performing arts, governance and policy, biotechnology, education and law.
Vibrant residential, spiritual and extra-curricular life will reflect the focus on the whole individual. The curriculum of the University is aligned to respond to the industry’s increasing requirement for well-rounded professionals. By infusing lines of innovatively trained professionals, Sri Sri University will foster the development of a knowledge-based economy in the country and beyond.