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Panchkula: Year later, Sanskrit university still on paper only

The higher education department has not yet received any recommendation from the Mansa Devi Shrine Board regarding a suitable land for the project.

Written by Srishti Choudhary | Panchkula | Published: February 19, 2016 10:05:09 am

A year after Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma announced setting up of a Sanskrit University in Panchkula, the project is yet to take shape.

The higher education department has not yet received any recommendation from the Mansa Devi Shrine Board regarding a suitable land for the project.

During his visit to the shrine in December last year, Sharma had announced that a Sanskrit University would be set up on the premises of the Mansa Devi temple.

The university would cater to students interested in pursuing higher studies in Sanskrit and offer under-graduate and post-graduate programmes.

“The university would be set up on the land given by the shrine board and the cost of construction would be borne by them. Till date, we have not received any proposal from them regarding the site that they have earmarked and how much land they are willing to provide for the university. So, we cannot go ahead with the project,” said deputy director, higher education, Arun Joshi.

The higher education department had sent the fourth reminder to the Shrine Board on Wednesday. The first reminder was sent on February 18, 2015.

The project was announced as part of the Haryana government’s plans to promote and encourage dissemination of knowledge Sanskrit and Vedic texts among students.

“The proposal is pending with the Shrine Board. Until they identify the site and ready to transfer the land, we cannot formulate the proposal for administrative approval and budgetary allocation. The requirement of land should also include possible expansion in the near future, as hostels will also be built, apart from academic blocks. Mere 10-acre would not be sufficient,” said Joshi.

The proposal was also approved by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

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