MarenaA sports complex with state-of-the-art facilities named Marena which is located atManipalUniversitywas inaugurated by Union human resource development minister M M PallamRaju on Tuesday.

While he addressed the gathering at the event, the union minister said that private institutions in the country are playing a vital role in boosting higher education. He added that “Enrollment rate in the higher education currently stands at 18.8% and it is expected to touch 30% by 2020,”

About Marena:

The indoor sports arena of the complex include a well equipped gymnasium, a synthetic jogging track, sauna and steam baths, four squash courts, a basketball court, five badminton courts, a playing area for futsal (five sided soccer), a cricket bowling machine and five enclosure for recreation games. The entire complex is air conditioned. The entrance to the complex is at ground level ‘0’ and floor plans goes like plus one level, minus one level, minus two level, minus three level, minus four level, minus five level and minus six level which is the parking area. This sports complex can be used for recreation, fitness and even by sports enthusiasts. The university combo card is necessary to enter the complex.

M M PallamRaju added that easy access and equity in higher education should be the objective of all the education institutions. Terming the younger population as “demographically divided,’ Raju said loan facilities for poor students should be made easily available at private institutions.

Later at an interactive session, he said that there is a need for quality education and foreign universities which are expected to come toIndiawill concentrate on this aspect. However, we have put forth a condition that those universities should be in the world’s top 100 list. The bill regarding this is before the standing committee of MPs,” he said.

Dr K Ramnarayan, vice-chancellor ofManipalUniversity, Dr H S Ballal, pro-chancellor, Dr Ramdas M Pai, chancellor and others were present at the auspicious event.