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Demand for a separate university in Ladakh region intensifies
left with no other option thousands of students forced to study outside their region


Leh(Ladakh), November 8, (Scoop News)-A seething anger is simmering among the local people who have been demanding a fully fledged separate university instead of a satellite campus of Kashmir University in the region.

Thousands of Ladakhi students are pursuing their higher studies in Jammu, Chandigarh, Delhi and elsewhere in the country at present due to absence of an autonomous university in the region which constitutes about 60 percent of the area of the entire state with a population of nearly three hundred thousand souls.

Hundreds of students took to streets last week in Jammu, the winter capital of the north Himalayan state, demanding a separate university for their region. Leh town also observed a complete shutdown in support of their demand.

“We urge the authorities to establish a separate university in Ladakh region,” said Tsering Namgyal, a student. “The two other two regions, Jammu and Kashmir of the state, have 11 Universities, IIT’s, IIM’s and a NIT but we have a satellite campus and are affiliated to Kashmir University,” he added.

The students are left with no other option but to pursue their higher studies outside their native places due to inordinate delay in holding of the examinations declaration of results by Kashmir University, Namgyal lamented.

“The demand of these students is very genuine and legitimate and we deserve a fully fledged university in the region,” said Tsering Samphel, a former lawmaker and a social activist. “The parents have to shell out huge sums to educate their children in Srinagar, Jammu or elsewhere. At times they (parents) have to borrow money to fulfill the demand of their kin studying away from their homes,” he pointed out.

Tsering Angchuk, an unemployed youth, alleged gross discrimination against the region by the successive regimes in the state since 1947. “We were never treated as part of the state. We are being deliberately discriminated when it comes to economic prosperity of the state. See the infrastructural and other developmental schemes being carried out in the state sector in two other regions,” he charged.

He said in 2010 the people were given verbal assurance of setting up of a Central University in Leh but the same remained like any other unfulfilled pledge given by the authorities.
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