The Government of India is planning to introduce a bill for setting up Central University in Ladakh Union Territory in the upcoming monsoon session of the Parliament starting from July 19.
The Centre intends to introduce “The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to amend the Central Universities Act-2009 for setting up the Central University in Ladakh UT.
The announcement for establishing the Central University in Ladakh was made in the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Feb 01 this year.
“For accessible higher education in Ladakh. I propose to set up a central university in Leh,” Sitharaman had said while presenting the budget of the ongoing fiscal.
As per report, this will be the second varsity in Ladakh region. The government of Jammu and Kashmir has planned to set up the first-ever university in Ladakh.
In December 2018, the State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by J&K’s Governor Satya Pal Malik, had approved a bill for establishment of Cluster University in Ladakh.
The Cluster University is spread over five colleges of Leh and Kargil districts. It was established with an initial grant of Rs 65 crore
Admin Issues Guidelines for Re-opening higher education institutions
The administration of Ladakh issued guidelines for the reopening of the higher education institutions including for academic activities.
Secretary, Higher Education, Padma Angmo notified the SOPs for the reopening of higher educational institutions in Ladakh from August 2.
“It is hereby ordered that all the higher educational institutions in Ladakh may consider reopening for on-site classes from August 2 with strict adherence to the SOPs regarding Covid-19 management issued from time to time by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, and Ladakh Disaster Management Authority,” reads an order.
“Academic calendar should be planned in a manner to avoid overcrowding, congregation at all times and classes to be scheduled in a staggered manner. All the students and faculty and staff should make use of Arogya Setu App,” the order said.
Ladakh administration pursuing CIBS issue for appropriate solution: LG Mathur
Ladakh Lieutenant Governor (LG) R K Mathur has said his administration has been pursuing the CIBS issue and expressed hope to find a feasible solution to safeguard the future of the students. Mathur said this during a meeting with the president of the Ladakh Buddhist Association, Thupstan Chhewang, who along with the president of the Ladakh Gonpa Association, Ven Shathup Chamba, called on him here, an official spokesperson said on Thursday.
The delegation apprised the LG of the apprehensions among the students of the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (CIBS) regarding the pre-university courses and sought his intervention in finding an appropriate solution.
@lg_ladakh informed them that the UT Admin has been pursuing the #CIBS issue for appropriate solution with all concerned
He stated that this Institute plays a pivotal role in conserving the culture & heritage of Ladakh & hence, steps to strengthen & revive the #CIBS are important pic.twitter.com/TmM9FpTzQx
— Office of the Lt. Governor, Ladakh (@lg_ladakh) July 28, 2021
The institute was affiliated to the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University (SSU) in Varanasi till 2016. Currently, it is not affiliated to any university and around 1,000 students of the institute are looking at an uncertain future.
Mathur said the administration recognises the pivotal role played by the CIBS in conserving the culture and heritage of Ladakh and stressed on the need for taking appropriate steps to strengthen and revive the institute.
“The Union Territory administration has been pursuing the CIBS issue for an appropriate solution with all concerned ever since it was highlighted earlier in the year and the same has been discussed with Union Minister of Culture G Kishan Reddy in New Delhi earlier this month,” the LG said.
He said the matter has been taken up in writing and on the phone with Uttar Pradesh Governor and SSU Chancellor Anandiben Patel.
Mathur expressed hope to find a feasible solution to safeguard the future of the CIBS students, the spokesperson said.
The delegation also discussed other matters pertaining to employment, youngsters and development aspects of the Ladakhi society with the LG, he added.
Earthquake tremors felt in parts of Union Territory
An Earthquake of magnitude 3.6 on the Richter scale hit Leh, Ladakh at 4:57 am on Wednesday, according to the National Centre for Seismology.
“Earthquake of Magnitude: 3.6, Occurred on 21-07-2021, 04:57:46 IST, Lat: 34.20 & Long: 77.78, Depth: 200 Km ,Location: 19 km ENE of Leh, Laddakh, India,” the National Center for Seismology tweeted.
Earthquake of Magnitude:3.6, Occurred on 21-07-2021, 04:57:46 IST, Lat: 34.20 & Long: 77.78, Depth: 200 Km ,Location: 19km ENE of Leh, Laddakh, India for more information download the BhooKamp App https://t.co/kuG6xMoVNG @Indiametdept @ndmaindia pic.twitter.com/akwYf4L31j
— National Center for Seismology (@NCS_Earthquake) July 20, 2021
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