Mandi parliamentarian Pratibha Singh has requested the central Govt to set up additional Central University for tribal areas in Himachal Pradesh on the pattern of Jammu and Kashmir. She raised her demand during her meeting with Union Human Resources Development minister Dr M. Mangapati Pallam Raju in New Delhi.

Pratibha Singh said that additional central university should be set up mainly for the snow bound tribal areas of Lahaul Spiti, Kinnaur, Pangi and Bharmour besides hilly areas of Kullu, Mandi, Shimla ,Sirmour and Solan Districts to strengthen regional harmony and emotional unity in the state.

Singh said that the additional central university for tribal areas will further fulfil commitment of the UPA government’s plan to exponentially expand the higher education system in remote, backward and tribal areas which remain neglected due to historic reasons.

MP said that it’s necessary to establish two separate Central Universities, one each in Kangra region and another in the tribal region of Mandi Parliamentary for providing quality education to the students near their native places in the state. She also demanded liberal funding for the construction work of various infrastructure of the Kangra central university to develop world class modern infrastructure.

Pratibha Singh also demanded the setting up of satellite campus/ branch campus of prestigious fine arts colleges at Kangra, Chamba, Shimla and Kullu districts in the state to promote Kangra, Chamba and tribal painting to develop commercial centres of the Pahari Paintings which are in great demand in international market because of its golden past.

Singh informed the union minister that drop out rate at elementary stage of education would be brought down to zero level in the state in 12th five year plan by achieving hundred percent enrollment of the children between 6-14 years of the age .

Pratibha Singh said that one model school on the analogy of Kendriya Vidyala will be set up in each district by actively involving private sector under PPP mode during 12th five year plan in the state. She said that private sector will be involved more meaningfully to achieve the objective of quality education in the state. She said that private sector will also be actively associated to upgrade and improvement of infrastructure in education institute situated in industrial areas of the state.