"After assuming office in 2012, Virbhadra wrote a letter to the then UPA Minister Jayanti Natrajan, to clear land for the two campuses of Central University in Dehra and Dharamsala and got green signal for the former," Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur said.

"But now the CM is misleading the people of Kangra by inspecting new sites and saying that major portion of the varsity will be set up in Dharamsala.
"Virbhadra will never allow setting up of Central University in Dharamsala or Dehra. His plans for not developing the area are very much clear as he changed the proposed land for setting up of IIIT and Technical University from Hamirpur and Hydro Engineering college from Bilaspur," the BJYM National President said. The issue has remained a major bone of contention between BJP and Congress in the state.
When the university was sanctioned by the Centre, the then BJP government headed by Prem Kumar Dhumal had proposed a split campus of the varsity with 70 percent part at Dehra, and the rest at Dharamsala, which evoked sharp criticism from the Congress.
On returning to power, Congress ordered a fresh survey of the Dharamsala campus and 120 acres of additional land were added to the original 62.52 acres at Indrunag, to allow 70 percent academic infrastructure.

HRD Minister Smriti Irani during her visit to Baijnath in Kangra on Monday had said that, "politics should not be played on education as it decides the future of our children. The CM should take an initiative to resolve the issue."

"I am hopeful that the Chief Minister will draw consensus on the issue and a fresh proposal will be sent to the Centre so that work on CUHP campus can be started," she said. At present, a transit campus of the University is working at Shahpur and the VC's office is at Writers' Home in Dharamsala.


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