Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna, authorities hope to move into the Mithapur campus at the earliest and launch new courses in agriculture and entrepreneurship.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar had at the board of governors' meeting last Wednesday directed the authorities concerned to speed up construction of the new campus. He also emphasised on establishing the campus on the lines of Indian Institutes of Management.
CIMP director V. Mukunda Das told The Telegraph: "Once we move into the new campus at Mithapur, courses such as management programmes in agribusiness and management programme in entrepreneurship development will start."
At present, the CIMP functions at its transit campus, Phaneeshwarnath Renu Hindi Bhavan in Chajjubagh. At the institute's first convocation in April 2010, Nitish had said the CIMP would get a campus of its own in Mithapur.
Das said the institute's plan to start management courses in agriculture was based on high scope for agriculture growth in the state. It assumes significance in the wake of the government's agriculture roadmap aimed at raising agriculture growth to a minimum of 7 per cent per annum.
The agriculture roadmap talks of improving production, creating new storage facilities and increasing processing capacity, besides better reach of the products to the market. With the roadmap being introduced, the state needs a large number of professional management executives with knowledge of the sector.
"The CIMP's proposed course in entrepreneurship development would also train students on how to become entrepreneurs rather than working in any company," the director said.
Though only part of the boundary wall has been constructed on the 10 acres at the Mithapur campus, the authorities hope to partially shift to the new campus by the end of this year. Spread across 10 acres provided by the state government, the campus would be an environment-friendly facility with separate hostels for boys and girls. It would also have facilities for management development programmes.
According to the proposal, the campus would have separate academic and administrative blocks, an auditorium and an indoor swimming pool. It would also have quarters for teachers and non-teaching employees, apart from a residence for the director.
DDF Consultant Private Limited, a company with its base in New Delhi, has been assigned with the task of carrying out the architectural design of the campus, while Hyderabad-based KSP Constructions Pvt Ltd will look after its construction.