New Delhi: Union Minister of State (MoS) in Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Science & Technology (Independent Charge), Earth Sciences (Independent Charge), Atomic Energy and Space Dr Jitendra Singh yesterday held a meeting with Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Smriti Zubin Irani at her Shastri Bhavan office and officially handed over to her a formal proposal to set up an “Indian Institute of Technology” (IIT) in Jammu.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani assured that she would pursue the matter in right earnest.
Elaborating on the issue, Dr Singh said, while Jammu & Kashmir had tremendous potential to produce young meritorious technocrats, ironically there was no IIT presently available in the state and therefore Jammu, with its geographical and logistic advantage, was an ideal location to set up such an institute.
In addition, Dr Singh also discussed with the HRD Minister a wide range of Jammu & Kashmir related issues coming under the purview of her ministry. He suggested, among other things, streamlining the process of appointment of faculty and Vice Chancellors in various Universities of Jammu & Kashmir and taking necessary steps for optimal utilization of the Central University in Jammu.
He also suggested a campus of Central University for Ladakh.
Dr Singh also suggested opening up of a campus of Jammu University in Udhampur and upgradation of the existing campus of Jammu University in Kathua.
Another written document handed over by Dr Singh to HRD Minister contained proposal for opening up of a Kendriya Vidyalaya in Doda and for this purpose, he also offered to arrange land which could be acquired by the government to set up a Kendriya Vidyalaya.