In a major development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved setting up of Ladakh Central University. It is the first central varsity in the newly created Union Territory. The newly created university will offer degrees in all courses including liberal arts and basic sciences. The approval from PM Modi comes just a fortnight ahead of the first anniversary of the parliamentary enactment that led to the creation of Ladakh as a union territory.
HRD Ministry will now bring in a formal proposal to set up the central university soon. PM Modi’s approval comes amid the rising concerns about over 10,000 Ladakhi students having to travel to distant places to away from home for higher education.
Ladakh got its first Univerity i.e. University of Ladakh – only in December 2019 through an enactment of legislation by the state assembly. The university has been setup as a cluster university by combining all the resources of existing colleges of Ladakh.
The review meeting was attended by Union home minister Amit Shah, External Affaris Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and all top officials from their respective departments. During the meeting, all the steps taken by the central government for the betterment of Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir were discussion. The meeting also saw outlining of the priorities for the Centre over the next few months to improve the lives of people in these regions.