Gangtok: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone of ‘Khangchendzonga State University’ at Tarku in South Sikkim virtually on Friday.

The University will be built in an area of 17 acres and will be completed in the stipulated period of two years, with an estimated project cost of Rs 582 crore.

Naidu, in his address, congratulated the people of Sikkim for the first State University and lauded the State Government for its resolve and commitment to offer world-class education to the citizens of Sikkim and beyond.

He emphasized the importance of charting out an academic structure that will meet the demands of the future and expressed hope that the University will set a new benchmark for quality education in the entire Eastern Himalayan region.

The Vice President also suggested for incorporation of locally relevant subjects like eco-tourism, horticulture, handicrafts, and handloom, in the curriculum of the University. He added that the local talent can be leveraged to build sustainable development models.

Speaking on the occasion, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang said that the University, once completed, will be a center of modern learning with the best curriculum and faculty with state-of-the-art facilities.

The Khangchendzonga State University came into existence in the year 2018 as the only State University of Sikkim. It was established with a vision to fulfill the need and aspirations of the students of Sikkim and North East India to provide teaching, research, and support learning as an affiliating University.

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