On October 7, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal laid the foundation stone for the campus of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Amritsar's Manawalla. The institute which has been operational since 2015, has been operating from the Government Polytechnic College near the Guru Nanak Dev University campus. The new IIM campus which will have an area of 60,000 square metres is expected to have state-of-the-art facilities in the library, academic block and hostels.
आज आई.आई.एम अमृतसर में स्थायी परिसर हेतु भूमि पूजन कार्यक्रम में प्रतिभाग किया। इस अवसर पर पंजाब के उच्च शिक्षा मंत्री श्री तृप्त राजेन्द्र सिंह बाजवा जी, शासी मंडल के अध्यक्ष श्री संजय गुप्ता जी, निदेशक श्री नागराज राममूर्ति जी उपस्थित रहे। pic.twitter.com/vitzsD7SPF— Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) October 7, 2019
Pokhriyal had also tweeted about his visit to Amritsar earlier in the day and said that for the first stage of the construction, Rs 350 crore had been sanctioned. Rs 250 crore more would be allotted for the IIM campus. Punjab's Higher Education Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Director Nagaraj Ramamurthy and Chairman of Governing Board Sanjay Gupta were also present at the ceremony, tweeted Ramesh Pokhriyal. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has asked the minister to dedicate the institute to Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev on his 550th birth anniversary.
Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal also urged the Central Government to dedicate the IIM to Guru Nanak Dev. She congratulated the state of Punjab after the establishment of another world-class institute after AIIMS. She said, "The UPA government neglected the state of Punjab for 10 years but now Punjab has become a priority and has been sanctioned projects like the AIIMS and IIM."