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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Proposed IIM in Himachal feared to be fall prey to politics


SHIMLA: Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) to the hill state has brought some solace to people who otherwise were feeling neglected in the rail budget. But many feel that this IIM, like central university, too would turn into a bone of contention among BJP and Congress leaders.
Already having large number of private universities, three government universities, a central university besides an IIT at Mandi, now announcement of IIM is all set to project Himachal Pradesh as hub of quality education. Many feel arrival of IIM would boost the local economy.
While where IIM would come is not known as all would depend on the availability of required land, many fear that it would meet the same fate like Central University which has turned into a political football as both BJP and Congress are having difference of opinion on the issue of where the permanent campus of university should come up.
The issue of permanent campus of Central University is hanging fire for last four years since its establishment. Seeing dispute over university campus intensifying, previous BJP government in Himahal Pradesh had proposed its two campuses at Dharamshala and Dehra in Kangra district. For the campus, then BJP government had offered around 200 acres land at Dharamsala, around 500 acres land was offered at Dehra, sources said.
But now the issue of permanent campus has become bone of contention between BJP and Congress. While the BJP leaders are claiming that foundation stone of Central University would be laid in Dehra, Congress leaders are of the view that Central University should come up in Dharamshala. As tug of war has ensued among leaders of two parties on the issue, no one knows where exactly the university would come up.
Sources added that after Congress came to power in Himachal Pradesh in 2012, a fresh proposal was sent to union government suggesting 80 per cent of the campus at Dharamsala and remaining at Dehra by making arrangement for around 400 acres land for campus at Dharamsala and around 200 acre land at Dehra.

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