Cabinet approves creation of central university in Ladakh

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New Delhi: the union cabinet on Thursday approved a project to create a central university in Ladakh at a cost of 750 crores.

Union Minister Anurag Thakur said this would resolve regional imbalances in education, as the newly sculpted Union territory lacks top-notch higher education institutions, even though the regions of Jammu and Kashmir have their share of higher education institutions.

After J&K split into two union territories, the university was a necessity and will meet the needs of the whole region, the minister said. The first phase of the new central university will be ready in four years, but he said the university could start operations before then, as has been the case with several central universities in recent years.

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The unity government will amend the law on central universities to reflect the initiative.

However, the cabinet briefing did not mention whether the new university can actually function with its optimum capacity as an education center for students even from outside the region, as Ladakh has its geographic limits.

With two central universities in the Kashmir region and the Jammu region already operational, a third in Ladakh will have its limits in attracting students, faculties and may encounter problems in its general operations.

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