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President To Attend 10th Convocation of Tripura Central University

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10th Convocation at Tripura Univeristy
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee will undertake a two-day visit to Tripura (Agartala, Palatana and Suryamaninagar) from June 20 to 21, 2013. 

On June 20, 2013, the President will attend the 10th Convocation of Tripura Central University at Suryamaninagar. On the same day, he will attend the Civic Reception by Agartala Municipal Council at Agartala. 

On June 21, 2013, the President will inaugurate the first unit of 726 MW gas-based power plant set up by ONGC-Tripura Power Company (OTPC) Limited at Palatana in Gomati district of Tripura. On the same day he will also attend the 5th Convocation of National Institute of Technology, Agartala.

Know About Tripura Central University:

Higher education in Tripura had a late start. Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) College, the first degree college in the State, started functioning under the University of Calcutta only in 1947. Not that there was no attempt in the past in Princely Tripura to establish any higher educational institution. As early as 1901, Radhakishore Manikya made an attempt to establish a degree college in the-then tiny capital town Agartala; but as the proposal did not fulfill the necessary requirements, it did not get approval from the Calcutta University.

In 1937, Bir Bikramkishore Manikya, the last Maharaja of Tripura, had planned for establishing a college again at Agartala and an area of 254 acres of land, consisting of undulated tilla land having interposed lakes almost all around, in the eastern part of Agartala, was earmarked for that under the "Vidyapattan Scheme".

Now the University has moved into its own campus at Suryamaninagar. Apart from running the academic programmes of the 16 PG departments, and a number of programmes offered by different departments, directorates, centres etc., the University provides academic support to the 24 affiliated colleges in the state by way of formulating curricula, supervision of academic programmes and conducting examinations etc. Despite several odds at its inception, the University has been trying to overcome various difficulties with the cooperation of the State Government, the UGC, the NEC and the Planning Commission of India and many other authorities.

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