Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the plan to set up the first central university in Ladakh. The university named, Ladakh Central University will include a Centre for Buddhist Studies as well. The proposed central university will also offer degrees in all courses including liberal arts and basic science except engineering and medical education.

PM Modi’s approval came on Monday at the meeting convened to review the steps taken by the government over the last one year in the UT of Ladakh & J&K. The meeting was also attended by Union home minister Amit Shah, external affairs minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

The formal decision to set up the university will be taken after the proposal is moved by the HRD Ministry. The formal proposal will require the enactment of central legislation that will, after clearance from the Union cabinet, go to parliament for its approval.

With the set up of new central University, 10000 Ladakhi students will be able to study in Ladakh and will not have to forcefully enroll in educational institutions outside the UT. The first university in Ladakh named the University of Ladakh was established recently.

Going by the HT report, according to HRD Ministry’s proposal, the Ladakh Central University will also cater to students from Lahaul and Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh once the Rohtang La tunnel opens this year and ensures round the year access to Leh via the Jispa-Sarchu-Upshi route. The university will also have a center for Buddhist Studies to cater to the largely Gelug and Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhist population of Ladakh.

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