Gangtok, July 3: As Sikkim Central University completes twelve years of its establishment this year, the permanent campus of the University still remains a major concern. 
The University was established under the Act of Parliament in 2007. Presently, there are 32 departments operational in 40 rented buildings in and around Gangtok. 
Around 2000 odd students are pursuing their studies in the University that offers under-graduate, post graduate, Ph D and MPhil courses. It has 160 regular staffs excluding the visiting and casual faculties. 
The Registrar of the University, TK Kaul, while speaking to SIKKIM CHRONICLE informed that the University is spending around Rs 6 crore as a house rent annually.
“Until and unless the first phase of the construction is over the University would be operational in the rented buildings. We have no other option,” said Kaul. 
The permanent campus is coming up at Yangang in South Sikkim in at 300 acres of land. 
He added that the first phase of the structural construction is on progress. The University infrastructure would be completed in three phases. 
“The structural construction of administrative, library and faculty is underway. The Library and faculty buildings will be completed by end of July 2019”, told the Registrar.
It was informed that the University has sent the proposal seeking a release of second package of phase one Rs 303 crores so that the construction work is not delayed.
“The Expenditure Finance Committee of MHRD is yet to give the approval on the release of the fund. We are hoping that the fund would be released soon so that the construction work could be paced up”, added a senior official. 
The new Lok Sabha MP from Sikkim, Indra Hang Subba raised the issue at the ongoing Parliament session on July 2 and also sought a one time grant from the Central government to complete the campus. 
While congratulating the University on the successful completion of twelve years, he assured through his official social media page that the SKM led government under the leadership of the chief Minister PS Golay would pursue every possible way in bringing the permanent campus of the University at the earliest. 
“The University has achieved incredible feats in among the youngest Universities in the country,” he added.
As per the sources, the delay in the construction of the permanent campus was apparently due to the delay in the process of acquiring the land by the state government. 
“The time taken by the state government in acquiring the land was too long due to which the entire process was delayed”, said the University sources.
In 2018, the students’ body, Sikkim University Students’ Association (SUSA) protested outside the administrative building demanding early completion of the campus. 
The then Vice Chancellor had categorically assured that the permanent campus would be ready by 2021. 
Palsang Tamang, the President of SUSA told Sikkim Chronicle that being the students’ representative, he feels bad about the education system and Sikkim University. 
“Sikkim hosts large number of tourists and has huge contribution towards economic development. But if we are backward in education then it is very difficult to compete with others and we cannot say that we are a developing state. Educated and civilised people are in need for the betterment of the state. Even after 12yrs our state is not being able to establish permanent campus and because of this reason students are not aware about the scope of higher education and facilities,” he asserted.
Further, he added, “today if we would have permanent campus then people would have been more aware about Sikkim University and higher education too. Though we have higher institutions which is are a big contribution for our state, but still I feel it is a big failure that our state cannot establish a permanent campus”.

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