India’s first National Defence University to be setup at Gurgaon

66 percent of students the university will be selected from Armed Forces while remaining students will be drawn from other government agencies, police and civilian.
New Delhi/May 23
India’s first National Defence University will be setup in Gurgaon and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will lay foundation for university today that will be a unique autonomous institution of national importance in the country.
An Indian government spokesperson said that the Indian National Defence University (INDU) will be set on the basis of recommendations made by K Subrahmanyam in Review Committee that was set up after the Kargil conflict. The varsity will admit 66 percent students to the university from Armed Forces while remaining students will be drawn from other government agencies, police and civilian.
“Eminent strategic expert K Subrahmanyam had recommended establishing a university to exclusively deal with defence and strategic matters. The aim of varsity will be to provide military leadership and other concerned civilian officials knowledge based higher education for management of the defence of India, and keeping them abreast with emerging security challenges through scholarly research and training,” said the Indian government spokesperson, adding that varsity will develop and propagate higher education in Defence Studies, Defence Management, Defence Science and Technology and promote policy oriented research related to National Defence.
University’s think tank will also provide inputs for policy formulation and it will prepare officers for high level leadership, staff and policy responsibilities.
“National College of Defence Studies (NCDS), Indian Institute of Defence Technology (IIDT), Indian Institute of Defence Management (IIDM) and Defence Institute of Distance & Open Learning (DIDOL) will now be the constituent colleges and institutions of the INDU,” he said.
This University will be instituted by an Act of Parliament with President of India as the Visitor while Defence Minister will be its Chancellor. “It would be governed by its own norms and promote coordination and interaction between Armed Forces and non-Armed Forces institutions/establishments in the country. The varsity will offer post graduate studies and doctoral/post doctoral research. The present institutes of Indian Armed forces would be affiliated with it and it will have provisions for other defence training institutions to get affiliated for award of degrees,” The spokesperson said.
The University would also provide opportunities for higher studies through distance learning to interested military and civilian personnel.
Indian government spokesperson added that the varsity will be headed by its President, who would be a three star serving General/equivalent officer with C-in-C status on appointment and the Vice-President will be a civilian. The teaching faculty will comprise of both military personnel and civilians in the ratio of 1:1, besides this, it is being planned on the lines of IIT/IIMs.