UP to develop Siddharth University as religious studies hub

Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow / Nov 28, 2018
The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh will develop Siddharth University in Kapilvastu, Siddharth Nagar district as the Centre for Excellence in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.


The varsity would also be developed as an International Buddhist Centre and as a hub for the study of oriental languages viz. Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrati and Apabhraṃśa, apart from foreign languages including Nepali, Tibetan, Singhalese, Japanese, Thai and Korean.


The state would create 21 teaching and 24 non-teaching posts to facilitate the study and research on these languages. Siddharth University is a state varsity established in 2015 and it began its first academic session in 2015-16 at affiliated colleges spanning Siddharth Nagar, Maharajganj, Sant Kabir Nagar, Basti, Shravasti and Balrampur districts.


The government had also sanctioned Rs 5 crore for the setting of a Centre of Excellence in DAV College, Kanpur, where former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee had received his education.


Meanwhile, UP chief secretary Anup Chandra Pandey directed officials to expedite the process of setting up 46 new government degree colleges in the state. Earlier, the state had relaxed norms for setting up of private universities for improving the higher education infra in UP. The norm of 40 acres and 100 acres in urban and rural areas for a new private varsity was eased to 20 acres and 50 acres respectively.


Currently, UP has 16 state varsities, one open university, one deemed university, 27 private varsities, 158 government colleges, 331 aides non-government colleges and 6,192 unaided colleges. During 2018-19, the Yogi government had allocated about Rs 3,847 crore for the higher education sector, of which approvals totalling Rs 3,300 crore were given.

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