Haryana is all set to get three national-level projects — one being the first-of-its-kind in the country and another the only second such initiative — worth R410 crore this week. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union minister for commerce, industry and textile Anand Sharma will lay the foundation for two of the projects.
The persistent effort of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is said to have helped the state bag these projects, which are in the fields of education and technology. Haryana will have the first defence university of the country in Gurgaon, the second National Institute of Design (NID) of the country in Kurukshetra and a centre of excellence for fruits — in collaboration with Israel — in Sirsa.
The country’s first Indian National Defence University (INDU) at Binola village in Gurgaon district will facilitate a holistic study of defence and strategic security challenges. The foundation of INDU will be laid by the Prime Minister on May 23 with the chief minister being the guest of honour at the ceremony.
The university will be established at an estimated cost of R300 crore on a 200-acre plot at Binola, land for which has already been acquired by the Haryana government. Binola has been chosen due to its proximity to New Delhi.
It is expected that a large number of students from both national and foreign security forces as also civilian officials will undergo training programmes and courses at INDU every year. One-third of the students in this university would be civilians, it is learnt.
The proposed university would be fully autonomous and constituted under an Act of Parliament. It would promote policy-oriented research on all aspects of national security as part of the strategic national policy-making. The university would facilitate postgraduate (MSc/MTech), Master in Philosophy (MPhil) and doctorate (PhD) courses in Defence Studies, Defence Management and Defence Science & Technology.
The Education Consultants of India Ltd (EdCIL), a public sector enterprise under the ministry of human resource development, has been appointed by the ministry of defence as consultants for formulation of the detailed project report, layout plan, the INDU Act and statutes.