Gandhinagar, India — The long-awaited Plastindia International University, an effort to boost education and training for India's plastics industry, plans to open with short-term courses this year and be fully operational in 2019, according to one of its leaders.
The university, which will be located on a 50-acre campus in the western state of Gujarat, represents an investment of about 5 billion Indian rupees ($77.1 million) in three phases over the next 10 years, said Arvind Mehta, president of the governing body of the school.
The university is being organized under the Plastindia Foundation trade association. On its website it says it is India's first university dedicated to plastics, and is currently accepting applicants for plastics, chemical and mechanical engineering.
"Short-term courses will commence from later this year in September, while longer undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral level courses will begin from September 2019," Mehta said in an interview at Plastindia 2018.
PIU and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell signed a memorandum of understanding in October 2016 for the U.S. university to provide advice on curriculum, infrastructure and accreditation under the Accreditation Board for Industry and Technology.