The university is being established on his grandfather Maharaja Bhupinder Singh's memory Credit: Twitter

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh digitally laid the foundation stone of the state’s first dedicated sports university and various other development projects in Patiala on the occasion of Dussehra on Sunday. The Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Sports University will be developed at Rs 500 crore, of which Rs 60 crore will be invested in the initial phase for the development of academic and administrative blocks and hostels on the campus, according to a government statement.

The CM recalled the contribution of his grandfather Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, whose 129th birth anniversary falls on Sunday. The university is being established in his memory. The university will help in the scientific development of sports-persons, Singh said, adding that he wanted to see Punjab develop as a sports hub and its sportsmen and coaches equipped with scientific knowledge. He thanked the Panchayat and people of Sidhuwal who contributed land free of cost for the sports university.

The residents of Sidhuwal had earlier donated land for a Law University and have also offered another 100 kilas (acres) for other projects, the CM said, announcing a Rs 50-lakh grant for the village. Singh expressed hope that staff and students will be able to move into the campus by 2022. They will benefit immensely from the university’s multiple courses, many of which are adopted from UK’s Loughborough University, he said. He assured that despite the COVID-19 crisis, his government will provide more funds to the university for speedy completion of the construction work.

Singh also extended Dussehra greetings to the people of Patiala, who, he said, “suffered a lot” due to the coronavirus infection. He urged them to take all precautions for safety and hygiene.

Other development projects which were launched included surface water-based water supply for Patiala city (Rs 503 crore), the development of a heritage street near Qila Mubarak (Rs 43 crore), and a new bus stand on Rajpura Road (Rs 65 crore).

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