Kangra-Chamba Lok Sabha member Kishan Kapoor has requested Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav to reconsider the decision regarding the permanent campus of the Central University established at Dharamshala, the district headquarters of Kangra.
Background of Central University Dharamshala
Central University Dharamshala was established in the year 2009. Initially, it was decided that all the faculties of this university would be opened in Dharamshala only. However, later its faculty was divided into three parts, and its campuses were also opened in Dehra and Shahpur (Kangra).
Objection by the Ministry of Environment
For many years there was uncertainty regarding the permanent campus of this university. Now that the district administration has selected the land for the permanent campus, an objection has been registered by the Ministry of Environment regarding the construction of this campus. The objection is based on the fact that it rains excessively in the area, and it is a seismic zone. Therefore, the permanent campus of this university cannot be constructed here.
MP Kapoor’s Response to Ministry’s Objection
MP Kapoor said that the objection by the Ministry of Environment seems inconsistent and illogical. He pointed out that Dharamshala is the headquarters of the largest district in terms of the total population of Himachal Pradesh. All the important offices of the state and central government are located here. The area also has the army’s corps headquarters and the capital of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Additionally, there is also an airport and all the necessary facilities for the operation of the faculties.
Appeal for Reconsideration
MP Kapoor urged the Ministry to reconsider this decision and allow for the construction of the permanent campus of Himachal Pradesh Central University, Dharamshala. The Union Minister has assured MP Kishan Kapoor of positive action in this regard.