The state government has given the letter of Intent for a span of two years  Credit: Representational Image

Agartala: Tripura is all set to get three new universities, including Buddha University at Manu Bankul area in south district of Tripura.

Speaking with reporters, education minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the state government has already given the “Letter of Intent” (LoI) to the authorities of Buddha University.

“We have given the LoI to Buddha University and Abdul Kalam University for setting up their educational institutions in the southern district of Tripura. The government is also having plans to send LoI proposal to the Shanghai University,” Nath said.

He also said that there has been good progress from the end of Buddha University authorities as the Letter of Intent has been given to them for a span of two years while Abdul Kalam University is lacking in progress.

“In order to regulate each and every activity of the universities, the government had formed Investment Facilitation Committee (IFC) under the chairmanship of chief secretary, secretaries of finance department, industry and commerce department, and education department,” Nath added.

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He also said that the university authorities need to have an amount of Rs 1 crore as an endowment fund. After that the respective authorities will purchase land and construct necessary infrastructures to start up sessions. If everything falls in right place, the government will introduce bill in the state assembly.

Apart from Buddha University and Abdul Kalam University, the minister said that the government is also planning to send LoI to the authorities of Shanghai University. Currently, the higher education director Saju Waheed along with another high official is in Imphal to review the functioning of this University in Manipur.

“If these universities are set up with new courses which are creative and innovative in nature other than the existing degree courses in Tripura, then there would be good number of enrollment of students from neighbouring states and countries,” Nath added.

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