The ‘Nalanda Parisar Youth Tower’ makes Raipur, Chattisgarh, stand tallest for espousing innovative measures to nurture young minds!
Nalanda Parisar is a sprawling six-acre campus for the youth. Equipped with a library, high-speed internet and computers, an e-library, a basketball court, a cafeteria, an ATM, a stationery shop, the campus will function 24/7.
The library is a repository of one crore books, a large chunk of which were collected through a book donation drive called ‘Pusthak Daan’. The learning zones can seat over 1,700 students at a time.
Over and above all these facilities, Nalanda Parisar is an eco-zone with a growing green cover, man-made lakes and open-air reading zones.
Choudhary recalls how, as a young IAS aspirant, he was mesmerised by the environment in Delhi where learning never stops. “We were reading day and night, discussing with fellow students, deriving inspiration from each other to learn and excel. Such an environment is not available for students in smaller cities. I wanted to create this opportunity for the youth of my city by creating a learning and nurturing hub for the youth, in the lap of nature. That’s how the idea of Nalanda Parisar was born,” shares Choudhary with Better India.
He presented this idea to the Chief Minister of Chhatisgarh, Dr Raman Singh, who offered him great encouragement and support. The project was allotted a total of 18 crores through the District Mineral Society Fund and the Environment Conservation Board.
On June 1, 2018, the Chief Minister inaugurated Nalanda Parisar. It is strategically located, close to many reputed higher education institutions of the city like IIM, AIIMS, NIT and Raipur University.
Students can visit the office and register themselves by paying a refundable security deposit of Rs 2,500. The monthly membership fee for BPL students is Rs 200 and Rs 500 for others. The campus is also open for public every day between 4 pm and 6 pm to visit and appraise the facilities.
Choudhary believes that this facility will benefit the entire student community of the city, not just today but for many years to come.