Foun­da­tion stone of INDU was laid by Man­mo­han in ’13

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➤ In­dian Na­tional De­fence Univer­sity (INDU) first mooted in 1967

➤ Strongly rec­om­mended by the Sethna Com­mit­tee (1980), Kargil Re­view Com­mit­tee (1999), Group of Min­is­ters’ report on re­form­ing the na­tional se­cu­rity sys­tem (2001) etc

➤ INDU’s foun­da­tion stone laid at Bi­nola (near Gur­gaon) in Haryana on May 23, 2013, by then PM Man­mo­han Singh

➤ Draft INDU Bill put on­line in Au­gust 2016 for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions

Al­most all ma­jor coun­tries, from the US to China, have na­tional de­fence var­si­ties to de­velop na­tional se­cu­rity lead­ers as well as un­der­take long-term strate­gic stud­ies and threat as­sess­ments. “China strate­gi­cally thinks at least 50 years ahead. In In­dia, we at best stum­ble from elec­tion to elec­tion. After ap­prov­ing the post of the CDS (chief of de­fence staff), the gov­ern­ment should now push for the de­fence var­sity. In­dia suf­fers from a lack of in­te­grated, multi-di­men­sional ap­proach to shape long-term strate­gic thought,

➤ Fully au­ton­o­mous INDU to be con­sti­tuted un­der an Act of Par­lia­ment, with Pres­i­dent as Vis­i­tor & de­fence min­is­ter as Chan­cel­lor

➤ 66% stu­dents from armed forces, while 33% from other gov­ern­ment agen­cies, po­lice & civil­ians

➤ Ini­tially, new School of Na­tional Se­cu­rity Stud­ies, School of De­fence Tech­nol­ogy, School of De­fence Man­age­ment & Cen­tre for Dis­tance and Open Learn­ing to come up in main cam­pus

➤ Bring ex­ist­ing Na­tional De­fence Col­lege, Col­lege of De­fence Man­age­ment, De­fence Ser­vices Staff cul­ture and ac­tions,” said a top de­fence of­fi­cial, who did not want to be named.

Ex­perts said In­dia, apart from the req­ui­site eco­nomic growth and sys­tem­atic build­ing of mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties, also re­quires to ed­u­cate its po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, bu­reau­crats and mil­i­tary brass in strate­gic think­ing and se­cu­rity is­sues, both ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal, if it as­pires to be­come a su­per­power.

There was some re­joic­ing when the foun­da­tion stone of INDU was laid in May 2013 with much fan­fare at Bi­nola, near Mane­sar in Haryana, by the then PM Man­mo­han Singh. The var­sity was supCol­lege & Na­tional De­fence Academy un­der its am­bit

➤ INDU to de­velop post­grad­u­ate and doc­toral stud­ies in na­tional se­cu­rity, de­fence man­age­ment, de­fence tech­nol­ogy etc

➤ To pro­mote pol­i­cy­ori­ented re­search on all as­pects of na­tional se­cu­rity, both ex­ter­nal & in­ter­nal

➤ Also serve as think-tank to con­trib­ute to pol­icy for­mu­la­tion on se­cu­rity & strate­gic is­sues

➤ Cre­ate “syn­ergy” be­tween aca­demi­cians & gov­ern­ment officials as well as within the armed forces posed to come up, at a pre­lim­i­nary cost of Rs 395 crore, on 202 acres.

A lit­tle in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment on the ac­quired land be­gan in De­cem­ber 2015, which was fol­lowed by the gov­ern­ment putting the draft INDU bill on­line for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions in Au­gust 2016. “The es­ti­mated ini­tial cost stands at over Rs 2,000 crore now,” said a source. The fullyau­tonomous INDU was sup­posed to be headed by a three­star gen­eral, first from the Army and then from the IAF and Navy in turns, with the Pres­i­dent as the vis­i­tor and de­fence min­is­ter as the chan­cel­lor.

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