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Javadekar to lay CUHP stone on Feb 21

Javadekar to lay CUHP stone on Feb 21
The temporary campus of the CUHP.

Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service
Dharamsala, February 11

The foundation stone of Central University Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) will be laid by Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar on February 21.

Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur, talking to The Tribune, said, “I am delighted to inform everyone that the foundation stone of the Central university will be laid on February 21 by Javadekar. The university will ensure that students get access to quality education. While the dream would have been realised much before, had the previous Congress government didn’t unleash a political vendetta against the welfare of the state.”

CUHP VC Kuldeep Agnihotri said the foundation stone would be laid both at Jadrangal in Dharamsala and Dehra. About 50-acre land has been transferred in the name of the university at Jadrangal and about 300 acres at Dehra. The case of transfer of about 500-kanal forest land at Jadrangal in the name of the university was being processed, he said.

BJP and Congress leaders have been sparring over the location of the CUHP. During the stint of the previous BJP government led by former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, it was decided that the campus would be located at two places, Indrunag at Dharamsala and near the Pong Dam lake at Dehra. Both lands were forests.

The Congress government, after coming to power, had decided to shift the entire campus at Dharamsala. However, the site at Indrunag had been cancelled by the HRD Ministry on the plea that it was an active sliding zone. BJP leaders, led by Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur, continued lobbying for the campus at Dehra.

The Congress government had decided to provide more than 400-acre land in Jadrangal for the campus. However, the land could not be transferred in the name of the CUHP as it was forest land and permission for its conversion for other purpose was to come from the Union Ministry for Environment and Forest.As soon as the present BJP government took over, the land at Dehra was transferred in the name of the CUHP. Now, the Cabinet has also given nod to transfer land at Jadrangal.

The CUHP came into existence in 2010. Since then, it has been functioning from its temporary campus at Shahpur and Dharamsala. Due to unavailability of a permanent campus, the university is facing difficulty in retaining the faculty.

Politics over campus locations

  • BJP and Congress leaders had been sparring over the location of the CUHP. 
  • During the stint former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, it was decided that the campus would be located at two places, Indrunag at Dharamsala and near the Pong Dam lake at Dehra. 
  • The Congress government, after coming to power, had decided to shift the campus at Dharamsala. However, the site at Indrunag had been cancelled by the HRD Ministry on the plea that it was an active sliding zone. 
  • Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur continued lobbying for the campus at Dehra. 
  • The Congress government had decided to provide more than 400-acre in Jadrangal. However, the land could not be transferred in the name of the CUHP as it was forest land. 
  • As soon as the present BJP government took over, the land at Dehra was transferred in the name of the CUHP. Now, the Cabinet has also given nod to transfer land at Jadrangal.
Two-campus varsity

  • The foundation stone will be laid both at Jadrangal in Dharamsala and Dehra
  • About 50-acre land has been transferred in the name of the university at Jadrangal and about 300 acres at Dehra
  • The case of transfer of about 500-kanal forest land at Jadrangal in the name of the university was being processed

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