The first central university in Ladakh, with the Buddhist Study Center, was established by PM Narendra Modi about two weeks before the first anniversary of the parliamentary declaration, which culminated in Ladakh becoming a Union territory.
The new Central University would offer degrees in all subjects, except engineering and medical education, such as liberal arts and basic sciences.
The University will have a center to research Buddhism to discuss the Gelug (who belongs to the 14th Dalai Lama) and the Kagyu sect of the Ladakh community of Tibetan Buddhists.
The in-principle approval of PM Modi was received at a meeting convened on Monday to review government measures over the past one year in Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir Union territories and to outline the Centre ‘s objectives of improving people’s lives over the following months.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah, Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and other senior officials.
At the meeting on July 20, PM Modi said he was willing to open a central university as over 10,000 Ladakhi students had to travel for higher education hours hundreds of kilometers from their homes.
The PM has been entirely focused on improving the two UTs and needed concrete changes over the next few days. He did not want to digress the progress debate on the successes of the anti-terrorist policing and security forces.
The Center moved Parliament on 5 August last year to strip the former state of Jammu and Cashmir of their constitutional special status and to create the two territories of Union.
The Center had vowed to strengthen the safety situation in the centrally administered territories and focus on growth in the Union Territory status.
A formal proposal for the establishment of the central university will be put forward shortly by the education ministry. This would entail the introduction of a central law which will be enacted by Parliament after it has been enacted by the Union cabinet.
It was recently that the State Assembly passed a law in December 2018 that Ladakh got its first university-the University of Ladakh. It was a cluster university that combined all the resources of established Ladakh universities.
While it is clear to the government that vested interests across and within the boundaries will seek to vitiate the environment near August 5, it was decided during the meeting not to kill the growth agenda of both UTs at any cost.