Nagpur: Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) is set to establish a Buddhist Study Centre in the University Library premises. A decision to this effect was conveyed in a press meet on May 1, 2015. The inception of the Buddhist Study Centre is scheduled to take place on the Birth Anniversary of Lord Buddha on Monday, May 4, 2015 at morning 9.30 am.
The inauguration will be done by the special guest for the occasion, Cabinet Minister of Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari. The other dignitaries for the occasion would be Bhadant Dr. Satyapal. The Chairman for programme would be Vice-Chancellor of Nagpur University Dr. Siddhartvinayak Kane, while many other prominent personalities will be present there. The function will conclude under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor of Nagpur University Dr. Sidhartvinayak Kane.
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Siddhartvinayak Kane informed the media personnel the details of the programme. The Vice-Chancellor claimed that Maharashtra does not have a single such study centre which could provide Buddhist study material to students. With that as the sole aim, RTMNU has planned to set up a centre in the centre of Maharashtra.
He added that PWD has allocated a sum of Rs. 2, 49, 93,050/- (Rupees two crores fifty thousand) for the construction of the proposed Buddhist Study Centre. The proposed Study Centre will have four floors. Apart from that, the total construction area is said to be about 981.23 meters. An office cabin, Girls Common Room, a massive Library and four class rooms for teaching Pali language is also slated to be incorporated in the construction.
The first phase of the proposed construction of Buddhist Study Centre has to be completed in about 15 months. RTMNU has received a fund of Rupees 1, 98, 18,549 and tenders of the work have been floated.