Decks have now been cleared for the laying of foundation stone of Indian National Defence University (INDU). The final touches to the plan were given at a meeting presided over by the Defence Minister Shri AK Antony here today.
The Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is likely to lay the foundation stone in the last week of May. INDU will be a fully autonomous institution and will be located on over 200 acres of land at Binola near Gurgoan in Haryana. The university will have a mandate to provide knowledge based higher education for management of defence of the country keeping its participants abreast of emerging security challenges through scholarly research and training. INDU will be a unique institution of national importance.
Binola has been chosen owing to its proximity to the national capital and availability of land. It is expected that a large number of international officials / students as well as own security leaders, civilian and defence officials would visit the main campus at Binola for courses and training.
The Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh, the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, the Chief of the Army Staff General Bikram Singh, the Defence Secretary Shri Shashi Kant Sharma, the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral PK Chatterjee and Additional Secretary Shri Anuj Kumar Bishnoi attended the meeting.
The University will be headed by its President, who would be a three star serving General / equivalent officer with C-in-C status on appointment. The Vice-President will be a civilian. 66% of students would be from the Armed Forces, whereas 33% of students would be drawn from other government agencies, police & civilian. The teaching faculty will comprise both military personnel and civilians in the ratio of 1:1. The University is being planned on the lines of IIT / IIMs.
The idea of a National Defence University was first mooted in 1967. This was followed by the Sethna Committee in 1980, Kargil Review Committee in 1999, Group of Ministers and Committee on National Defence University in 2001. All of them had recommended setting up of a Defence University.
This long awaited University will be instituted by an Act of Parliament with President of India as the Visitor and Defence Minister as the Chancellor. It will be governed by its own norms and will inculcate and promote coordination and interaction between Armed Forces & non-Armed Forces institutions / establishments in the country. It will focus on higher education in defence studies, defence management and defence science & technology. The University will offer post graduate studies and doctoral / post doctoral research.
Education Consultants of India Ltd (EdCIL), which is a Public Sector Enterprise set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, has been appointed by Ministry of Defence as consultant for formulation of Detailed Project Report, Layout Plan and INDU Act & Statutes.