The Commonwealth Games 2010 is in the news for wrong reasons. Most of the projects are yet to be completed. Also, there are allegations of corruption and overspending on projects. India’s image is at stake. But everything is not lost as there are some good things also to be proud of. Internationally-acclaimed university Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has set an example for others to follow. The university has succeeded in completing the training grounds before time. The infrastructure has been build at lower rate than what was announced earlier.
The authorities are proud of their achievement. They say this is a miracle looking at the record of Organizing Committee and Sports Ministry that have miserably failed to achieve their target on time. However, it is another story that there is no praise from the CWG authorities for its effort.
The university was handed over Rs 40 crore to erect a rugby training ground and an indoor table-tennis court for training purposes. The Commonwealth Game Organizing Committee had instructed the university authorities to finish the work in 22 months. Well JMI managed it beforehand within the given budget. Moreover the university has been able to construct a lawn tennis court, a basket ball court, even a jogging track in that stipulated amount. Above all, they are of international standards.
JMI’s new Vice Chancellor Najeeb Jung says: “We made a quick assessment that we can do it, and save money. They gave us Rs. 40 crore and we finished it in Rs. 38 crore.” But, this has not helped the university as it has been burdened to look after the venue for the last two months. Shockingly, the Organizing Committee is not showing any interest in taking over the venues as agreed between the university and the committee.
Jung says: “The inauguration was done by Mr. Gill on the August 3. And since then we have been ready for the takeover. But I think that they have been busy with sundry works.” Many locals feel that the CWG authorities should learn lessons from JMI. They need to find out how did JMI managed to do all this within the given time, says an activist on the condition of anonymity.