Thupstan Chhewang, member of parliament from Ladakh, has asked Union human resource development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani to set up a central university in Ladakh. He said the ministry should also establish medical and engineering colleges in this region.
Thupstan called on Smriti and raised the issue of lack of higher educational facilities in the Ladakh region.
He said the centre has set up central universities in Jammu and Srinagar which are far off for the students of Ladakh region. “The ministry should also introduce special scholarships for the students of the region studying in higher institutions,” he said.
“Ladakh has been constantly neglected in the field of education despite the fact that its population deserves special attention as it faces hostile neighbors, including China and Pakistan. People of the Ladakh region have high expectations from the NDA government,” he said.
Chhewang said in absence of adequate education facilities, the students have to go to far off places like Jammu, Chandigarh or Delhi and it does put them under financial and emotional stress.
“Central university and other institutions are necessary as Ladakh region is cut from rest off the country by road link for about seven months and students are not able to go back to their home,” said the MP from Ladakh.
The HRD minister has assured the MP of possible and appropriate action in this regard.