The University of Kerala’s ambitious project to upgrade its Karyavattom campus into a centre of excellence has received a boost with the Syndicate according to sanction for a ₹221.19-crore proposal for submission to the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) for funding.
The proposal, which was presented by Syndicate member and finance standing committee convener K.H. Babujan a few days ago, has been submitted to the government for administrative sanction. The detailed project report was prepared by government-owned consultancy KITCO through Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE), the special purpose vehicle for the project.
The existing Sophisticated Instrumentation and Computation Centre (SICC) on the campus will be renamed Centralised Laboratory for Instrumentation and Facilitation (CLIF), which will form a key component of the expansion drive. The entire research and development, including interdisciplinary research by university departments, will be centralised from this facility.
For this, the existing centre will be developed as a complex that can accommodate space for advanced facilities, including inter-disciplinary laboratories, an advanced centre for regenerative medicine and stem cell research centre in cutaneous biology. The Chancellors Multiplex, which has been in the pipeline for long, will be taken up as part of this. The multiplex will also house a heritage museum, digital theatre, conference room, information centre, and a technology business incubation centre.
The proposal, coordinated by K.S. Chandrasekhar, Professor at Institute of Management in Kerala, also includes provision for a Nobel Museum that has been envisaged on the lines of the original museum in Stockholm. Hostel complexes and dormitories will also be constructed on the campus.