Petroleum University to formally open tomorrow

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Ahmedabad, Oct 8 (UNI) Gujarat Government will formally launch the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, a pioneeting industry- academia partnership, tomorrow to make India a global hub for top-class human resources in the energy sector.

Set up under the Gujarat Government act, the University, first of its kind, is being set up at Raisan Village in Gandhinagar District.

The State government has given 50 acres of land in Education Zone, in which the University plans to invest Rs 300 crore for setting up world-class infrastructure.

Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation, a state Government undertaking, is funding the project through Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute, which is set to revolutionise the Indian Higher Education system.

GSPC has already contributed Rs 20 crore for setting up the University and the remaining amount is being raised as grants from Industry. Several petroleum sector companies have expressed their willingness to contribute for development of the University.

''The full-fledged energy university is geared to address the talent crunch in the energy industry to achieve energy independence for India,'' says Prof Arvind P Kudchadker, advisor of the Univeristy.

Mr Kudchadker, currently Advisor Education, Reliance Industries Limited, was Professor at IIT Mumbai and also instrumental in setting up Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar.

Prof Kudchadker said Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University will catalyze India's quest for energy independence by offering a wide array of programmes in renewable and non-renewable energy sectors.

''The University will also help India emerge as a global hub for top-class resources in the sector,'' he added.


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