RTMNU buildings need care, repair, renovation

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 May 2018 09:22:43


By Ajay Mardikar,

The 95 years old University can excel through consultancy services, research

Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University needs to raise funds for repair and renovation of its buildings which are in dilapidated condition. Several buildings which are over 60 years old cannot be repaired and require reconstruction.

The provision in the University budget of about Rs 2 crore for repair of quarters, which were constructed for teachers, but allotted to non-teaching employees, appears very less looking at the condition of the structures.

The 16 quarters near Vice-Chancellor’s bungalow and 24 on Amvarati Road, between Ravi Nagar Square and Campus are in a condition that their renovation will be meaningless. Instead, the quarters along with some other buildings should be demolished and reconstructed. The teachers have not occupied the quarters for two reasons, one of which is their dilapidated condition and the other, higher Housing Allowance in their pay scale. RTM Nagpur University in its budget has also provided for Rs 10 crore for construction of New Hostel building.

The two post-graduate students hostel buildings near Gurunanak Bhavan and one behind Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar University College of Law are in very bad condition. Near the post-graduate students hostel also has a Warden’s Bungalow, which can be repaired and allotted to some higher authority like pro-V-C. This would also help in exercising effective control over the activities of the hostel students.


The buildings of Laxminarayan Institute of Technology, Dr V B Kolte University Library in Ramdaspeth, Dr Ambedkar University Law College and adjoining Department of Geology building, building accommodating Department of Biochemistry, Poornachandra Buty Hall need immediate attention. Many of these buildings are very old and losing plaster very fast.


Repair work of these buildings is a waste of money. The cement plaster of most of these buildings has outlived its life. Many buildings were constructed in 1950’s and 1960’s. The normal life of cement concrete structure is around 60 years. A portion of slab plaster of the University Law College had collapsed a few years back. Similar accidents can occur in any of these old cement concrete buildings. The University has a huge property, most of which was donated by Raobahadur D Laxminarayan. The building of Post-graduate Department of Education also needs attention.

With the huge academic campus on Amravati road, all the educational departments can be brought together. The buildings in the city can be put to use for different purposes. The number of structures under the possession of the University totals to around 150. Although maintenance of all these buildings needs huge amount.

However, meticulous planning through a private agency can help in construction of new buildings and putting to use the available space for different purpose. Industries in the region can be involved for carrying out research work and also in generating revenue under their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Funds. The University will be required to carry out very high quality research for the purpose. The consultancy services by institutions like LIT, Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre, Departments of Microbiology, Biochemistry, Inter-Institute Computer Centre, University Instrumentation Centre, Department of Psychology, Physics, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Geology etc.

Once the pathological tests conducted at Biochemistry Department were considered the most reliable one. Later the quality of tests deteriorated and probably stopped. The Psychology Department had started Counseling Centre, which also was closed, for reasons best known to the University or Department authorities.