Work on Rabindra Bharati University’s (RBU) third campus which will be a green campus at New Town Action Area II, has started in full swing. It is being executed by the Public Works Department, social sector.

Rabindra Bharati University plans to set up a special hostel for foreign students with kitchens where the students from different countries will be able to cook their food on their own, said vice-chancellor of RBU, Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chowdhury, on Wednesday.

A large number of students from countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Spain and Mauritius take up courses like Arts, visual arts and fine Arts. This year, the total number of foreign students studying in RBU is 183.

“Earlier, we did not have hostel facilities for the foreign students. But we have the highest number of foreign students in the eastern region. We were concerned about their well being. We plan to shift some courses to that campus later and we might also start a few more fresh courses,” the VC said.

The entire plot is around 7.96 acre. As per the plan, guest house, auditorium, modern gym and other facilities, will be available along with the hostel.

Wednesday, in the 44th convocation of the university, Governor Chancellor Keshari Nath Tripathi told the gathering: “This university gets a large number of foreign students. I want the university authorities to look after the facilities that should be provided to them so that the number increases.”

Today, in the convocation, D. Litt was awarded to eminent writer Sanjib Chattopadhyay, Indian classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, Indian Classical music artist Swapan Chaudhuri. State Akademi Award was given to eminent dancer Kalavati Devi, Maya Ghosh of Indian theatre, sitar player Manilal Nag and Wasim Kapoor from Visual Arts. The Acharya Dinesh Chandra Sen Memorial award was given to Subhendu Maity. The chief guest of the convocation was V.N Jha, an eminent educationist. A total of 99 scholars were awarded their Ph.D degrees; sixty-two scholars received M.Phil degrees.