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First Christian varsity in Meghalaya

The DD Lapang government had enacted laws in the assembly for creating three private universities.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 22:59 IST

The country's first Christian university came into being in Meghalaya on Wednesday with the state governor appointing a chancellor for the institution.

The Martin Luther Christian University began functioning as a state private varsity with Meghalaya Governor MM Jacob formally appointing KM Shyamprasad as its chancellor.

This happened after two of the sponsoring bodies -- Martin Lutheran Health and Medical Board and Khasi Jaintia Presbyterian Assembly (KJPA) -- proposed his name for the post.

The DD Lapang government had enacted laws in the assembly for creating three private universities in the state for rendering skilled education to youths.

The act, notified in July 2005, required two sponsoring bodies to create an endowment fund of Rs one crore and find a suitable plot.

Jacob, as a visitor of the university, accepted the proposal of two sponsoring bodies to appoint Shyamprasad, a cardiac surgeon, to be its first chancellor.

Addressing a press conference, Shyamprasad said the university would start functioning now that the endowment was created and land had been found.

Its academic session would begin from June next 'strictly following the UGC guidelines'.

It will offer B.SC in medical laboratory technology and surgical technology.

The courses would be supported by a 300-bed hospital being run by the KJPA.

The newly-appointed chancellor, who is the vice-president of the national board of examinations, said the university would be set up at Mawphlang area.

The university would have a new look' education programme focussing development of Meghalaya and not offer general stream, Shyamprasad, also the chairman of Christian Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana, said.

Professional courses in computer application and management would start shortly and new courses on agriculture and horticulture would follow, Shyamprasad said.