After having a glance at the ultra-modern facilities in the Swami Vivekananda Airport, we moved on to the last destination which was the Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur. The institute was amongst the oldest universities in the country and was established way back in the year 1964. It got its name from the then chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. We heard that the minister was a great public figure amongst the locals and had worked hard for their development. The university was spread over an area of 207 acres and situated in the western parts of the state. It had nearly 30 different departments and we could see the construction of many new buildings in order to improve the facilities offered to the students. We learnt that nearly 700 administrative employees worked for the college, which had a big campus. There were nearly 5000 students who were enrolled in the different kinds of colleges inside the university, which offered different kinds of courses.
The facilities present inside the University consisted of Library building, Geology building, auditorium, science block, bioscience block, health centre, electronic building, gymnasium, teacher’s hostel, hostels for boys and girls, Registrar’s and Vice Chancellor’s lodge, play ground, stadium, law building, health centre, computer centre, employment bureau, etc. The university was run by UGC and offered various courses for undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates. The entire university was so fascinating that it made us remember the amazing days that we had spent together in our college. The HOD of one department informed us that more than five thousand students enrolled in various courses were guided under the expertise of over 100 faculties.
The jurisdiction of the Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur has covered the entire southern and central portion of the state. It has housed more than 180 different educational institutions in which more than one lakh twenty five thousand students were admitted in postgraduate and undergraduate courses. We could easily see that the university played a great role in improving the region’s economic, cultural and educational life. As per our planning, we decided to end our tour to Chhattisgarh and boarded the return train on time.