India's first defence university to come up in Gurgaon

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gurgaon: The Indian National Defence University (INDU), a dedicated first-of-its-kind institution for training and research in military studies, will be set up in Gurgaon, close to the national capital of Delhi.

The foundation stone of INDU, to be constituted under an Act of Parliament, will be laid by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on May 23.

INDU, to come up in Binola village in Gurgaon district, will facilitate holistic study of defence and strategic security challenges. At its foundation-laying the chief minister will be the guest of honour.

The university will be established at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore on a 200-acre plot, land for which has already been acquired by the Haryana government. Binola has been chosen due to its proximity to New Delhi.

It is expected that a large number of students from both national and foreign security forces as also civilian officials will undergo training programmes and courses at INDU every year. One-third of the students in this university would be civilians, it is learnt.

The proposed university would be fully autonomous and constituted under an Act of Parliament. It would promote policy-oriented research on all aspects of national security as part of the strategic national policy-making.

The university would facilitate postgraduate (MSc/MTech), Master in Philosophy (MPhil) and doctorate (PhD) courses in defence studies, defence management and defence science & technology.

The Education Consultants of India Ltd (EdCIL), a public sector enterprise under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, has been appointed by the Ministry of Defence as consultants for the formulation of a detailed project report, a layout plan, the INDU Act and statutes.