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Land, finances allotted however Mumbai University’s Ambedkar Centre but to take off

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Two years on, Mumbai University’s plan to begin Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Research Centre for Social Justice continues to stay on paper.

It was introduced on April 11, 2020 – delivery anniversary of Dr Ambedkar — and a cornerstone was put up on December 6, 2020 which is his demise anniversary. Work on the challenge has not begun on the allotted land in varsity’s Kalina campus.

After the announcement of the formidable challenge, which is anticipated to offer a platform for in-depth analysis in social sciences and social justice together with a budgetary allocation of Rs 1 crore for a similar, there isn’t a additional improvement on the initiative.

While the varsity is now criticised for the delay, college students’ activists are additionally questioning the varsity’s agenda for making bulletins on vital dates and never appearing on it after.

“Mumbai University is an educational institution and it is unbelievable that it is acting like a political body. Birth and death anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar are important dates and varsity garnered much publicity by announcing the project on one and putting up a cornerstone on the other day. The administration also issued a press release for the same. But it seems to have forgotten about the project completely after making the publicity. It certainly should not take two years to begin work on the said research centre,” stated Rohit Dhale, from the Chatrabharati Vidyarthi Sanghatna (college students’ organisation).

He added that it’s price questioning varsity’s intention behind the challenge after seeing no improvement on the land submit cornerstone occasion, whilst an enormous budgetary allocation is already made.

The Mumbai University, nevertheless, doesn’t have any rationalization for the delay.

When contacted by the administration, officers from the varsity stated, “The planning and works committee at the varsity has approved the appointment of architecture for development of the centre on allotted land. Accordingly, the tender process will begin now.”