After the granting of central status to the Garhwal University, it has become imperative for the state government to establish a new university in the Garhwal region for the institutes and colleges that would be de-affiliated.
The government announced of providing Rs 1000 crores for setting up a new affiliated University in Dehradun. But later, the CM announced that the affiliated university would be set up in Srinagar, which already houses the headquarters of the HNB Garhwal University.
This move was met with stiff resistance by the residents of Rudraprayag district, who said that the affiliated university should be established there as the district lags behind in the field of education.
But in all this scenario, the students from Dehradun have now drawn the battle lines for the establishment of the university here. The students have said that the establishment of the affiliated university in Dehradun would benefit around 1 lakh students from Haridwar, Dehradun, Saharanpur and other regions.
Whereas the number of beneficiary students would be very low if the university is taken to the hill regions as Rudraprayag and Srinagar. NSUI leader Om Prakah Sati 'Babban' has said that the students would launch an all out struggle for the establishment of the affiliated university in Dehradun in the greater interest of the students. "The students from the Doon region would not accept any move for establishing the university in the hill regions and a concerted struggle would be launched in the future", he says.