Delhi-based CP Kukreja Architects will design the campus for the newly conceived Biswa Bangla University to come up in Bolpur, in Birbhum district. The renowned architects won the project in a competition organised by the Bengal government. It may be remembered here that the West Bengal assembly had passed the Biswa Bangla Biswabidyalay Bill in November last year.
The proposed University will be developed on a plot of land measuring 18.5 Acres near Bolpur (Mouza Shibpur, J L No. 102) in the District of Birbhum, West Bengal. The design of the University will take care of the art form of Tagore as prevailing in the Viswa Bharati University in Santiniketan.
The campus will have a total built-up area of 600,000sq ft. The project cost has been pegged at Rs 326 crore. In all the campus will have 18 buildings and around 300 trees. None of the buildings will be more than three-storeyed. The campus will have murals, cultural relief work and bamboo facades. The campus is likely to be ready in 18 months.
According to the architects the campus would be designed on the lines of Visva-Bharati. The architects have already submitted the detailed drawings to the government which has now floated a tender for appointing a contractor.
It may be recalled here that C.P. Kukreja had designed Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida, which had won the Best Sustainable Campus prize at the BUIKD 2016 Architecture Awards, London. The firm has also designed Jawaharlal Nehru University, IIT Jodhpur, South Campus of Delhi University and IIM Lucknow, among other institutions. However, Biswa Bangla University will be the firm’s first project in Bengal.