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Varsity in poet’s name proposed

CHANDIGARH: Decks have been cleared for setting up Pt Lakhmi Chand Cultural University in Haryana. The state government has invited suggestions from academicians and citizens for the proposed university by April 17.



Pradeep Sharma

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 11

Decks have been cleared for setting up Pt Lakhmi Chand Cultural University in Haryana. The state government has invited suggestions from academicians and citizens for the proposed university by April 17.

“The suggestions have been invited regarding the name and draft of the university, its objective, proposed faculty, and education,” a government spokesman said.

The government has proposed the university at Aterna village in Sonepat district. The village panchayat has offered 50 acres for the project.

“The government is committed to perpetuate the memory of Pt Lakhmi Chand, a Haryanvi poet, by establishing a state-of-the-art university in his name. The work on setting up the university will be fast-tracked once modalities for the project are completed,” Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said.

Pt Lakhmi Chand (1901–1945) is a much revered name in the state. He was accorded the honour of “Surya Kavi” of Haryanvi music genres “raagni” and “saang”. Popularly referred to as “Dada Lakhmi Chand”, he is regarded as the “Shakespeare of Haryana”.

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