Central University to have two campuses at Dehra and Dharmashala

Dehra: Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur laid foundation stone of Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district today.

Prakash Javadekar said that Central University would open new vistas of development in the area besides providing quality higher education to the youth of the area. He assured to provide all possible help to ensure that the University Campus would completed soon.

Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister said that the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. He said that the first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectare. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectare.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government soon after assuming office in the State deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance, so that the construction of this campus could start at the earliest by diverting forest land for non-forest purpose.

Chief Minister said that about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campus and the same would be completed in next three years. He said that both these campus would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare making it one of the biggest University of the region.

Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that it was during the tenure of the previous BJP State Government that process of setting up of Central University was initiated in the State, but the previous Congress State Government did nothing in this direction. He said that Himachal Pradesh has been ranked as the top most State of the Country in Education Sector, which shows the concern of the State Government for providing quality education to the youth of the State. He said that over 3500 teachers have been recruited in the State and process was on to recruit 5000 more teachers in the State which was a record in itself.

Member of Parliament Hamirpur Parliamentary area Anurag Thakur said that the Central University was gift from the Union Government to the State of Himachal Pradesh in general and for the people of Kangra in particular. He said that it was way back in 2015 that all clearances were accorded by the Centre, but the then State Government failed to provide appropriate land to this University. He also detailed various Central sponsored schemes being implemented in the State.