Kurukshetra: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday announced to set up National Institute of Design at Kurukshetra.

"The consultations for setting up NID at Kurukshetra have taken place, and this would be the second national institute after Ahmedabad, where education in the field of design and research would be provided," he said speaking at a function here.

Hooda said, during the last seven years the state government has been making consistent efforts to develop Haryana as an international level hub of education.

Earlier, the state had only seven universities, which have now increased to 23. A central university has been setup at Mahendragarh, Women University at Khanpur in Sonipat, National Defence University at Gurgaon, Indian Institute of Management at Garnawathi, Veterinary University at Hisar and Sainik School has been setup at Rewari, he said.

Haryana has 80 government colleges and 96 non-government aided colleges, said the Chief Minister. Sanskrit is related to our culture, but we should not lag behind in English, Hooda said, and stressed for character building and changes as per the changing times and modern needs.

"Earlier, only the people passing Hindi in matriculation were eligible for the jobs but the state government has included Sanskrit in it and now people having matriculation in Hindi or Sanskrit are equally eligible, which depicts the importance being rendered to Sanskrit in the state," he said.