IIT and central university for Himachal


By: Hema D

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh (HP) has finally landed itself the best gift in this election year, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), a Central University and construction of Bhannupali-Bilaspur broad-guage railway line. Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced this in Shimla yesterday, while launching the Aam Admi Bima Yojana.

Chidambaram said that the Central University announced for HP would be completely funded by the centre. Later Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that the state would make an effort to complete the broad-gauge rail line within two years. A few families belonging to nearby areas of Shimla were allotted the certificates of this scheme, which would ensure death and disability cover for the poor and landless people. According to government’s projections there are about 38000 beneficiaries of the Bima Yojana in Himachal.

Launching the scheme on the historic Ridge ground, as Chidambaram lauded the state’s administrative abilities the crowd of over 9,000 broke into cheers for Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. “The UPA government has spent the last three years in building its economic muscles and now the country is in a position to launch such welfare schemes for the poor population”, said Chidambaram while addressing the huge gathering.

He said some parties ridicule the party for its financial management but they must know that now every section of the society is shining, “Economic growth and social security now are going to go hand in hand”. Elaborating on the fiscal prudence and economic discipline adopted by the UPA during its present regime, he said, “Before we came to power, in the year 2003-04, Rs 7000 crore were being spent on health programmes and now we are spending Rs 14,300 crore on the same. Similarly Rs 7,000 crore were being spent on education and now we are spending Rs 28, 600 crores on this sector.”

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  1. Chief Minister has announced the plan to recommend IIT for Mandi and Central University for Kangra.

    I fully appreciate this decision despite of understanding the political compulsions behind it. This opportunity should be fully utilized to set up new infrastructure and involve quality man power. State universities were earlier lobbying for conversion of status from state to centre. I think Chief Minister has a full understanding of the state’s own human resources in these universities. Central university should be a “Real” Centre of Excellence with zero political interference, where brains can perform at their hundred percent levels.

  2. This is a good news. Himachal has excellent record in education and it was ripe time for it to have an IIT. Let thousand more mind dream now.

  3. I welcome this development of IIT and a central university. It couldn`t have come at a more apt timing.

    I urge both parties to follow bipartisan approach to developmental issues such as these. Lets take HImachal to Indias premier "Knowledge State".

  4. Dear Readers

    Heartiest congratulations for getting attentions from Central Govt . for centre of excellence in education.

    In my opinion I feel that the decision of vennue has be taken on political grounds otherwise looking at the creation of space for equal development following factors need immediate focus

    1. CM has already announced an Govt. Medical College at Mandi .

    2. An Govt. Engg College is Functioning in Sundernagar

    3. Hamirpur has already got nod for Pvt. Medical College and highly reputed NIT/REC Hamirpur is functioning there.

    4. Amity University has already rolled out their plans for Kangra . Already district has KV /CSIR Lab /University Regional Centre And Medical College .

    Look at Bilaspur ?????

    There is nothing … Thus Consideration for an IIT Campus for Ghumarwin / Jahu will be a boon for the development of the area.

    The district is neglected only for the reasons that we have only 4 seats in Assembly. Whereas Mandi and Kangra form almost half of the assembly seats.

    Thus I request through Himvani to debate on the locations of freshly declared centre of excellence .


  5. Its an excellent decision …. it would have been much better if IIT proposed to be dev in Ghumarwin and Central Uni in Mandi . Kangra already got Amity University.

  6. They are openly and shamelessly campaigning for forthcoming elections.

    When you are holding an office, like Chidambaram , you should stand beside state representative, the Chief Minister to announce such things. And refrain from cheap tactics which no longer are going to get them votes.

    People from my vilage in Mandi will not vote for IIT ( They don't even know what it is) and by the way Himachali Students perform very poorly at IIT entrance exams [ Same UPA took away state quota of states like HP, knowing the fact that learning conditions in the hill states are in abysmal state].

    Next congress and bjp candidates will all try to tell people strange things about IIT(even though they never had quality education(i am not talking by schooling here!!), take its credit and create some hoopla. In the end people still tend to be regionally specific during elections.

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