It has been six months since 60 acres of land was granted for the construction of permanent campus of Indian Institute of Management, Amritsar. However, the construction work has not started, and there has been a continuous delay. The delay in the construction work is annoying the students. They claimed that the delay might affect their studies.
The students also revealed that IIM-Amritsar does not have permanent faculty members and visiting faculty from IIM-Kozhikode are teaching them currently. They receive a sum of Rs. 6,000 per hour, travelling expenses and other perks. Students also demand the appointment of permanent faculty members.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development had made a grant of Rs. 1 crore for raising the boundary wall. However, no steps of beginning the construction work have been taken yet.
The foundation stone for IIM-Amritsar was laid in June 2016 by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The government spent Rs. 50 lakh for laying the foundation stone. On this occasion, the civil works department revealed that the construction works would begin within a week. So far, the construction of the foundation wall hasn't commenced, and the officials are claiming that the construction of permanent campus will be completed within one and a half years.
The first phase of construction work includes designing, planning and execution i.e., construction of the academic and administrative building as well as hostels for students. One of the officials mentioned that the appointment of permanent faculty will be made soon as well.