Foun­da­tion stone of In­dian National De­fence Univer­sity laid


Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Man­mo­han Singh laid the foun­da­tion stone for the In­dian National De­fence Univer­sity (INDU) at Bi­nola, Gur­gaon, Haryana, on May 23. The event was at­tended among oth­ers by the Gover­nor of Haryana Ja­gan­nath Pa­ha­dia, De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony, Min­is­ter of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Sal­man Khur­shid, Min­is­ter of So­cial Jus­tice and Em­pow­er­ment Selja Ku­mari, Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Ji­ten­dra Singh, Chief Min­is­ter of Haryana Bhupin­der Singh Hooda and the three ser­vice chiefs.

Spread over more than 80 hectares of land, the pro­posed In­dian National De­fence Univer­sity will be set up as a fully au­ton­o­mous in­sti­tu­tion to be con­sti­tuted un­der an Act of Par­lia­ment and will be fully func­tional in 2018. While the Pres­i­dent of In­dia would act as the vis­i­tor, the De­fence Min­is­ter will be its Chan­cel­lor.

It may be re­called that af­ter the Kargil con­flict, the govern­ment had set up a Re­view Com­mit­tee, headed by em­i­nent strate­gic ex­pert K. Subrah­manyam, which had rec­om­mended the es­tab­lish­ment of an univer­sity to ex­clu­sively deal with de­fence and strate­gic mat­ters. The aim of INDU would be to pro­vide mil­i­tary lead­er­ship and other con­cerned civil­ian of­fi­cials knowl­edge based higher ed­u­ca­tion for man­age­ment of the de­fence of In­dia, and keep­ing them abreast with emerg­ing se­cu­rity chal­lenges through schol­arly re­search and train­ing. The INDU would de­velop and prop­a­gate higher ed­u­ca­tion in de­fence stud­ies, de­fence man­age­ment, de­fence science and tech­nol­ogy and pro­mote pol­icy-ori­ented re­search re­lated to national de­fence.

The think tanks of the univer­sity would pro­vide in­puts for pol­icy for­mu­la­tion. The univer­sity would pre­pare of­fi­cers for high level lead­er­ship, staff and pol­icy re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. The National Col­lege of De­fence Stud­ies (NCDS), In­dian In­sti­tute of De­fence Tech­nol­ogy (IIDT), In­dian In­sti­tute of De­fence Man­age­ment (IIDM) and the De­fence In­sti­tute of Dis­tance and Open Learn­ing (DIDOL) would be the con­stituent col­leges and in­sti­tu­tions of the INDU.

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Man­mo­han Singh ad­dress­ing at the foun­da­tion stone lay­ing cer­e­mony of the In­dian National De­fence Univer­sity

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