Modi Government Moves Lok Sabha For Sindhu Central University In Ladakh

The name Sindhu was retained because the central university's authority stretches from Leh to Kargil, as well as the occupied areas of Gilgit-Baltistan. This is the first central university in the United States to be named after a river.

On the second anniversary of the formation of Ladakh as a union territory, the Narendra Modi administration submitted an amendment to the Central Universities Act, 2009, in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, clearing the way for Sindhu Central University to provide higher education and intellectual advancement. The Sindhu university, which will cost 750 crores, was approved by the Union Cabinet on July 22.

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The Cabinet also authorized the presentation in Parliament of a Bill titled 'The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2021.' By increasing avenues of higher education and research facilities for the people of the Union Territory, would boost access and quality of higher education while also serving as a model for other educational institutions in the region.

The administration desired a name that included not only Ladakh but also Ladakh and beyond, as the map of the Ladakh UT includes Pakistan-occupied Gilgit and Baltistan. The name Sindhu or Indus river was chosen after much discussion by Home Minister Amit Shah.

As per the reports from the top government sources, Sindhu was chosen after the Home Ministry considered several names for the Central University, including those of Ladakhi military leaders, because the river empties in Arabian sea which is near Karachi and rises in Tibet where it flows through Ladakh, connects to kargil via the Suru tributary, flows through Gilgit-Baltistan in the occupied Northern Areas. The name Indus was not chosen since a private institution with that name has already been established in Gujarat. The future Sindhu University will have jurisdiction over the entire Union Territory of Ladakh, encompassing Leh, Kargil, and beyond. After the state was divided into two union territories, these areas were left out of the authority of central universities in Jammu and Kashmir.

Approximately 4000 students of Ladakh continue their higher education outside Ladakh so the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils of Leh and Kargil believe that having a separate Central University in Ladakh rather than merging with the existing University for Ladakh would provide the students with a quality education within their Union Territory. This is why a separate University is being developed in Ladakh instead of merging it with the existing Universities.

"Students, faculty members, and their families will travel to Central University from all over the country, catalyzing emotional integration in the region.” The university will contribute to the country's emotional integration as well as spreading the notion of 'Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat' to the farthest reaches of the country. It will also help persuade the people of Ladakh UT that the entire country is behind them, officials said, especially at a time when China is attempting to sow havoc on our borders. There are two central universities in Jammu and Kashmir, one in Jammu and the other in Srinagar.