Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched University of Ladakh, the first-ever varsity in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. During the inaugural programme, PM said, “Young students constitute 40% of the population of Ladakh. There has been a long standing demand for a University in this region. With the launch of the University of Ladakh this demand would be fulfilled.”
This University will be a cluster University comprising of degree colleges of Leh, Kargil, Nubra, Zanskar, Drass and Khaltsi and will have administrative offices at Leh and Kargil for the ease of students. The Jammu region has four universities besides an IIT and an IIMC, while the Kashmir Valley has three universities and a National Institute of Technology (NIT). On December 15, the Jammu and Kashmir administration had approved the establishment of first university in the Ladakh region.