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SPPU’s citizens’ outreach programme will form database of frequent campus visitors

Oxy Park in the pipeline; people coming to varsity regularly could sign up for nominal fee, avail library, medicine services

The vast green campus of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) attracts hundreds of walkers and joggers daily. In an effort to strengthen the bond between these citizens and the varsity, SPPU authorities have decided to launch an initiative called Oxy Park soon. Through the outreach programme, SPPU aims to engage with the visitors who hit the campus grounds for their daily dose of exercise or strolls.

As per estimations, around 400-500 citizens visit the campus for walks and strolls daily. Now, the administration has decided to maintain a record of these people who make use of the varsity premises for walking, running or just enjoying the beauty of the lush green campus.

For a healthier relationship between citizens and students, their inputs will be considered for several campus decisions.

As per estimations, around 400-500 citizens visit the campus daily for walks and strolls; PIC: NIKHIL GHORPADE

As per estimations, around 400-500 citizens visit the campus daily for walks and strolls; PIC: NIKHIL GHORPADE

The management has decided to develop a green park for them, keeping in mind the campus greenery and rope them in for the university’s cultural activities. These citizens will also be able to access the varsity’s library and medicine servings. A nominal registration fee will be charged for the services, authorities added.

SPPU vice chancellor Nitin Karmalkar added, “We are hopeful that such an initiative will strengthen the varsity’s bond with these citizens who frequent the campus and benefit both sides. We will be open to their suggestions regarding our cultural and social gatherings. The registration is, however, not compulsory.”

Prafulla Pawar, registrar, SPPU, shared, “Several citizens visit the campus to take in the surrounding greenery; however, we don’t have their contact details. We would like to maintain a database of such citizens. The registration process will be chargeable yet affordable.”

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Most people visiting the campus seem to be happy about the programme and are willing to register for it to avail the benefits.

Asha Joshi, a resident of Gokhale Nagar who is a daily visitor at the varsity, added, “People are ready to pay if they get good services in exchange. The initiative will definitely be a hit among senior citizens as they will have activities to engage with and be a part of the cultural events or frequent the library at SPPU.”

Omkar Jog, a resident of Pashan, added, “The university exudes a beautiful vibe and I have been frequenting the campus for years now for my morning cycling rituals and evening runs. At times, even my grandparents tag along. We will definitely register for the initiative.”

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