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Chandy to inaugurate NUALS's new campus

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KOCHI: Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the new campus of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) at KINFRA hi-tech park in Kalamassery here on Saturday.

NUALS Vice-Chancellor N. K. Jayakumar said here on Wednesday that Kerala High Court Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar will preside.

Union Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs K. V. Thomas will inaugurate the academic block.

Finance Minister K. M. Mani will inaugurate the amenities centre while Education Minister P. K. Abdu Rabb will inaugurate the faculty apartments.

Industries Minister V. K. Ebrahim Kunju, will inaugurate the students' hostel – I while M. A. Baby, MLA, will inaugurate the students' hostel – II.

Construction cost

Dr. Jayakumar said that the cost of completing the first phase of the construction of the new campus was around Rs. 24 crore. The university had received bank loans of Rs. 21 crore on a guarantee given by the government. For the second phase (library and administrative buildings), the expected cost is Rs. 10 crore.

The University Grants Commission will give Rs. 5 crore and the State government will provide a matching grant, he said.

In the third phase, construction of residential quarters for the administrative staff, Vice-Chancellor's quarters, Registrar's quarters and Centre for Continuing Legal Education will be initiated. Dr. Jayakumar said that the first phase was completed in a record 15 months' time, with the active involvement of HPL, the project consultant, and INKEL, technical advisor. He said the second phase of the campus development project would begin in July.

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