Govt announces two Central Universities for J&K

Maintaining that two central universities would be set in Jammu and Kashmir - one in Jammu and another in Kashmir, the state government has decided to lay the foundation stone of the first Central University in Jammu region. Vikram Sharma reports.
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Updated on Aug 06, 2009 01:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVikram Sharma, Jammu

The four ministers’ panel addressing the media persons over the Central University issue came up with announcement to get two universities sanctioned for the state, one for Jammu and another for Kashmir.

“We had submitted the proposal to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who forwarded it to the HRD ministry for consideration with an assurance that two Central Universities would be sanctioned here keeping in view the aspirations of both the regions of the state,” said Surjit Singh Salathia, Minister for Industries and Commerce.

He also said that under new arrangement, the university at Jammu would be established first and for that purpose the work would be started soon.

When asked about Parliament Act needed to amend to bring in more than one university in the state, the political advisor to Chief Minister Devender Singh Rana dismissed the query saying that New Delhi had already four central universities functioning there.

Over the Central University Vice Chancellor in Kashmir making appointments, Sham Lal clarified that the person was appointed through the Capital when political dispensation was not functioning in the state and admitted lack of coordination and communication between the Governor and the Center at that time.

He however said that all activities are brought to standstill from immediate effect.

On the functioning of the Central University being first established in Jammu likely to work on two campus theory before the second proposed for Valley could come up, the ministers left the modalities to be seen at the time of its commissioning. They also left it on the circumstantial situation when asked about the two-university theory likely to gather another storm here for an IIM in Jammu.

However on a question leveled over the source of disinformation originating here over the hijacking of the university to Kashmir, the panel put it on mischief generated by some ‘self-styled organizations’ supported by PDP in valley and BJP in Jammu to create a wedge among the regions.

Sham Lal, Minister for Health, Raman Bhalla Minister for Revenue and Relief and R S Chib, Minister for Medical and Technical Education also addressed.

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