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Defence varsity for Haryana
Geetanjali Gayatri
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 19
The Indian National Defence University (INDU) has finally come to Haryana with Binola in Gurgaon getting the nod of the Prime Minister’s Office. However, Haryana’s gain has been Punjab’s loss which, too, had been vying for this university, hanging fire for nearly nine months.

With Binola getting the approval of the PMO, the state government would acquire the land for the university under an emergency clause which could take anywhere between one to six months. The cost of acquisition would be borne by the ministry, which had already been informed that the tentative cost of the land acquisition would come to nearly Rs 100 crore.

After exploring possibilities inside and outside Delhi and in Punjab for establishing the university, the Defence Ministry had zeroed in on Binola in March last year. In April, the Haryana Government, in a letter to the Defence Secretary agreed to make 200 acres of land available and expressed its willingness to acquire the same on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.

Though Delhi was the first choice, it was rejected on account of space constraint. The ministry then turned its eyes to Punjab for setting up this university, which would run courses for the armed forces, the civil services and the paramilitary forces.

Punjab evinced keen interest in setting up the university in the state and had even agreed to give 100 acres or more land near the cantonment area. In November 2006, a high-level committee of the Defence Ministry accompanied by Punjab Government officials visited Ropar and Fatehgarh Sahib to inspect the proposed sites.

However, with the Minister of State for Defence, Rao Indrajeet Singh, closely pursuing the developments in Delhi, pushed Haryana’s case for the university in the ministry and a high-level committee explored the NCR and selected Binola.

This makes India the third country in the world to set up National Defence University, the other two countries having been China and the USA. The university will be a multi-disciplinary centre of excellence in the country in education and research on national security issues. The president of the NDU will be a serving three-star general of the armed services.

On the recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GoM) Report on “Reforming the National Security System”, the government in 2001, set up a committee to examine the establishment of a National Defence University in India. The report of the committee was handed over to the then Defence Minister George Fernandes in May 2002.

After interactions with the government and armed services officials, in-depth studies of the National Defence Universities in the US and China and visits to armed forces institutions in India, the committee has recommended the establishment of an Indian National Defence University (INDU).



PMO asks state to acquire land
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 19
The Prime Minister’s Office has asked the Haryana government to go ahead with the acquisition of land for the Indian National Defence University on an emergency basis.

A confirmation to this effect came today from the Minister of State for Defence Production, Rao Inderjit Singh, who said the university would come up at Binola village in Gurgaon along National Highway 8.

The university would offer courses for officers of Armed Forces, Civil Services and Paramilitary Forces, besides setting up new colleges to run postgraduate courses, he informed. It would be autonomous in nature and was being set up on the pattern of those in the US and China.

The university’s conception was mooted way back on the recommendations of the Kargil Review Committee, an empowered group of ministers which reviewed the entire spectrum of Defence and Security Management post 1999 Kargil war.



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