New Delhi, June 27: A campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) should be set up in Jammu and Kashmir as the state has tremendous potential to produce meritorious students, Union Minister Jitendra Singh urged the HRD Ministry.
"While J-K has tremendous potential to produce young meritorious technocrats, there is, ironically, no IIT in the state. Jammu, with its geographical and logistical advantages, is an ideal location for the setting up of such an institute," Singh told HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, handed over a proposal requesting her to set up the IIT in Jammu. Irani assured Singh that she will pursue the matter in right earnest, according to a Ministry of Personnel release.
Singh, the BJP MP from Udhampur, also discussed a wide range of issues with the HRD Minister which were related to J-K and come under the purview of her ministry.
Among other things, he suggested that the process of appointment of the faculty and Vice Chancellors in the various universities in J-K be streamlined. He also called for the necessary steps to be initiated for the optimal utilisation of the central university at Jammu.
Singh also suggested that a campus of the Central university be opened in Ladakh. Additionally, he proposed that a campus of Jammu University be started in Udhampur and called for an upgrade of the existing campus of Jammu University at Kathua.
Singh asked the HRD Minister to open a Kendriya Vidyalaya in Doda and also offered to arrange for the land for the same, which may be acquired by the government to set up the school, the release added.