New Delhi: To put to rest controversy over the location of a central university in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, union minister for human resource development Kapil Sibal, who oversees education, today announced setting up of two central universities in the state instead of an Indian Institute of Management.
Citing resource crunch and greater demand for central universities in the state, Sibal said the state will now have two central universities one each in Jammu and the Kashmir Valley instead of one in keeping with the demands of the protesting factions in the state. The two central universities will have instructional and research facilities in emerging branches of learning like information technology, biotechnology and nanosciences.
The demand for a central university in the state had become a political hot potato with various protesting factions seeking the establishment of the varsity in Srinagar instead of Jammu as was originally planned. The ministry’s announcement of the two central universities is in line with the demand of the People’s Democratic Party in the state, which sought twin varsities.