"Assam will not be divided. There is no necessity for separate states as all the ethnic groups can be represented in the Autonomous Councils which can take care of the development activities", Patnaik told reporters when asked about various ethnic groups' demand for separate states carved out of Assam.
     
Laying emphasis on the Panchayati Raj system for bringing development at the grassroot level, he said that separate states would not be needed if more funds and power will be given to the districts for their and ethnic groups development.
     
Earlier, the Governor inaugurating the academic building of the Assam University Diphu campus in the town said that he will make all efforts for converting the campus at Diphu into full-fledged university.
      
The Diphu campus, the second of the central university, was started in July 2007 with 64 students and today, it has 370 students enrolled in its nine academic departments, the University sources said.

(Agencies)

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