Shimla, Feb 21: Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur laid foundation stone of Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district on Thursday.
Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. He said that this University would open new vistas of development in the area besides providing quality higher education to the youth of the area. He said that the Union Government would provide all possible help to ensure that the University Campus would be constructed soon.
Union Human Resource Minister said that the Centre has sanctioned several national institutions in the State. He said that IIT has been sanctioned for Una and IIT for Mandi. He said that Cluster University has also been sanctioned for Mandi district.
“In addition to this, several Central Schools have also been sanctioned for the State. The Union Government was committed to provide digital boards in the schools in a phased manner in about nine lakh schools of the country,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister said that the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. He said that the first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectare. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectare.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government soon after assuming office in the State deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance, so that the construction of this campus could start at the earliest by diverting forest land for non forest purpose.
Chief Minister said that about Rs 1300 crore would be spent on construction of both the campuses and the same would be completed in next three years. He said that both these campus would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare making it one of the biggest University of the region.
Jai Ram Thakur said that the State Government was committed to provide quality education to the Students of the State. He said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore were being spent on education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs 7600 crore had been made for the next financial year for this vital sector which shows the commitment of the State Government to make Himachal Pradesh an education hub of the Country.
He said that the State was way ahead from other states in field of education. “The literacy rate of the State was second to Kerala in the country. The previous State Government made tall claims about education but did nothing on ground. Around twenty one colleges were announced by the previous State Government during the last one month of its tenure without any budget provisions and with an eye on elections.
He said that the present Government was ensuring that all the education institutions in the State have appropriated infrastructure and staff. “Even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appreciated the welfare and development oriented policies and programmes launched by the State Government. The Central Government also sanctioned Developmental Projects worth Rs 10,500 crore for the State,” he added.
The Chief Minister announced upgradation of Government Middle School Khabli to High School and High School Bane di Hatti to Senior Secondary School. The Senior Secondary School Bane di Hatti would be named after Shaheed Vijender Singh. Plan for PWD Sub Division at Haripur and upgradation of 100 bedded Civil Hospital Dehra to 150 bedded Hospital will also be implemented.
He also announced Science classes in Haripur college and opening of PHC at Dhaliyara. Apart from upgradation of Sub Tehsil Haripur to Tehsil, Rs. 52 crore BRICS projects would also be sanctioned for Dehra area. Construction of a new Building of Nagar Parishad Dehra is also in the pipeline.
Education Minister of Himachal Mr Suresh Bhardwaj, Former Chief Minister Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, Member of Parliament from Kangra Parliamentary area and former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar, Industries Minister Bikram Singh, State BJP President Satpal Singh Satti, Vice Chairman State Planning Board Ramesh Dhawala and Member of Lok Sabha Mr Anurag Thakur were present on the occasion among others.(UNI)