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2 Central Universities in J&K, proposal for IIM dropped

The Union Government today announced that it had decided to set up two Central Universities in Jammu & Kashmir as a special dispensation and drop the proposal for establishing an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the state.

The decision to drop the IIM proposal was taken in view of the constraints of resources and the greater demand for a second Central University in the state, a press release issued by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development said.

It said the Government had decided to set up two Central Universities in the state in view of its special status, with two separate regions with distinct geographical, social, cultural and ethnic characteristics.

"The Central Government has decided to establish, as a special dispensation, two appropriate Central Universities in the State – one in Jammu region and another in the Kashmir Valley. It is expected that this will meet the regional aspirations in the State. The Government proposes to undertake appropriate legislative measures in this regard shortly," it said.

According to the release, the two Central Universities will have instructional and research facilities in emerging branches of learning like information technology, biotechnology, nanosciences and so on and will set exemplary standards of education for the other universities in the State to emulate.

It said the savings from the decision to drop the proposal for an IIM would be used for the establishment of the second Central University in the state.

The Union Cabinet had on August 27 approved a proposal to set up seven new IIMs at Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, Ranchi in Jharkhand, Raipur in Chhattisgarh and Rohtak in Haryana as well as in Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.

Of these, the first four will be set up in the current financial year and the rest were expected to become functional from the next academic session.

The seven older IIMs are at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Indore and Shillong.

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