Jaipur National University plans to build a campus here in Perak. This noble intention is being realised with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the university’s local partner, Perak Educity. The signing ceremony was held at Syuen Hotel, Ipoh, recently and was witnessed by Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr. Zambry Abd Kadir.
Chairman of the Jaipur National University Board of Director and Chancellor, Sandeep Bakshi signed on behalf of the University while Perak Educity was represented by its Chairman, Dato’ Abdul Rahman Ghani.
The campus will be built at a cost of USD50 million (RM150 million). A possible site is along the Ipoh-Seri Iskandar corridor. The signing of the MOU marks a watershed in the state government’s drive to make Perak an educational hub of the country.
Institutions of higher learning which are in varying degrees of development are the Segi University College in Menglembu and the Quest International University Perak in Gua Tempurong, Gopeng. “Education is set to enhance the economic development of Perak,” said Zambry to reporters. “We can’t be dependent on foreign direct investments alone to develop the state,” he added.
The university is keen on expanding worldwide and has picked Perak as its first foray outside of India. Jaipur National University has had twinning programmes with established universities such as Lincoln University, University of Central Lancashire and London School of Business Management.
Before construction works begin, a temporary campus will be built in Ipoh and will start taking students in July 2012. “Our enrolment target is between 2,000 to 3,000 students, the majority being locals and the remaining foreigners,” said Sandeep.