Bhubaneswar, Sep 22: Orissa Government on Saturday allotted 185.970 acres of land near Naraj Barrage in favour of Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir Trust for establishment of the proposed Sri Sri University of Art of Living.
Acting on a representation made by the Vidya Mandir Trust to allot the land at a concessional rate, the State Cabinet decided that the land be provided for the proposed university on lease subject to payment of premium of Rs 6 crore. The Vidya Mandir Trust had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State Government on December 12 last year when the government had promised to provide land for the university project.
The MoU was signed in the presence Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir Trust was founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in 1999 as the educational wing of the Art of Living. While singing the MoU, the Trust had announced that the proposed university will be a multi-disciplinary world class institution with a blend of both traditional and modern.
The university, which will have separate centres of excellence in various fields of education, will offer courses in subjects ranging from ayurveda and yoga to biotechnology and aviation.