Jammu: Observing the difficulties faced by students in pursuing their higher studies, the Jammu & Kashmir government, Ministry of Home Affairs and Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which 400 students from the state pursuing higher education would be provided accommodation in the University.

The MoU was signed by S Skandan, Joint Secretary (Kashmir) in MHA, Tanveer Jahan, Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education, Government of J&K and S M Sajid, Registrar, Jamia Milia Islamia.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Jamia Milia Islamia Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung were amongst those present on the occasion.

The state government will provide sum of Rs 16.22 crore in installments for the construction of hostels accommodating 400 students besides providing other basic facilities for them.

To facilitate the project, a joint committee constituted by the Home Ministry, state governmentand the university will be set up which will look after the progress in construction work besides giving recommendations on its improvement.

The project is proposed to be completed within 2 years.