Foundation stone of INDU was laid by Manmohan in ’13
➤ 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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