Kerala has allotted 272 acres in Perinthalmanna taluk of Malappuram, and West Bengal 250 acres in the Farakka Barrage region of Murshidabad.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has released Rs. 25 crore and Rs. 10 crore for the West Bengal and Kerala centres respectively to meet preliminary costs, Professor Azis said. "We will start undergraduate classes from next year. We envision these as modern, state - of - the - art campuses in the years to come."
The new regional centres - in addition to Kerala and West Bengal, such centres will be set up in Pune, Bhopal and Kishanganj in Bihar - are being established under Section 12 (2) of the AMU Act (1981).
Admission to the regional centres will follow the AMU reservation pattern of 50 per cent internal (candidates who apply from AMU - run schools and colleges) and 50 per cent external. Candidates can then opt for a regional centre.
"The regional centres are meant for the educational enhancement of the region and I believe that as we expand we should respond to local needs. For example, we should start a women's college and also a women's polytechnic in such centres, and give some weightage in our admissions policy for local aspirants," said Professor Azis.
For more information on admissions contact N.A.K. Durrani, Media Advisor, AMU on firstname.lastname@example.org; phone : 0571 - 2704857.
AMU commences Admission at Malappuram, Murshidabad