Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (3 February) laid the foundation stone for Jharkhand’s first women’s university campus in Jamshedpur through video conferencing from Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, reports Hindustan Times.
The Prime Minister, while interacting with college students from different parts of the country through video conferencing, also started over 142 projects worth Rs 3,300 crore under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) across the country.
Under the RUSA, the central government approved elevation of the Jamshedpur Women’s College (JWC) into a university in February 2017 and funds for the same were sanctioned in the twelfth five year plan (2012-17) of India.
The foundation stone of the university was laid at an 18-acre plot in Sidhgora of Jamshedpur. The existing building at the campus will be renovated by the government at a cost of Rs 3 crore. The first batch of the university will reportedly start from the upcoming academic session.
The state government, in December 2018, had approved Rs 89.26 crore for the project.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, while addressing the students at JWC campus on the occasion, praised the government for doing things that could not be achieved during six-and-a-half decades of Indian Independence.
“Only five universities were stablished in Jharkhand during 67 years before I assumed office. But during my term, altogether four new universities were started. Altogether 15 women’s degree colleges were started plus the first women’s university,” Das was quoted in the report as saying.
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