NEW DELHI, Nov 28: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, who is MP from Kathua -Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha constituency, today allocated Rs. 24 lakh from his MP Fund for the Kathua Campus of University of Jammu.
A written intimation to this effect was conveyed to the District Development Commissioner, Kathua, in response to a proposal from Vice Chancellor, Prof. Manoj K. Dhar. The amount will primarily be spent for setting up Smart Classrooms and upgraded Computer Laboratories. In addition, the MP Fund will also bear the expenses for installing WiFi, interactive projectors, Xerox machines, computer tables and printers.
In his communique, Dr Jitendra Singh suggested that the amount be spent as early as possible, so that Utilization Certificates (UCs) could be furnished for release of the pending amount of MP-LAD Fund , since this happens to be part of the last installments of MP Fund before the expiry of the current term of Lok Sabha.
Dr Jitendra Singh expressed happiness that the University Campus at Kathua is now coming up with its own building and is attracting students from all the neighboring areas. With this, he said, in the last four-and-a-half years, Kathua has emerged as an important education hub, consisting of a University Campus, Medical College, Engineering College, new Kendriya Vidyalaya and North India’s first CSIR-Biotech Park.
This adds to a long list of development milestones achieved by Kathua in the last over four years, which, in addition, also include Keediyan-Gandhiyal Bridge, Juthana Bridge, Seed Processing Plant, Passport Office, Highway Village / Haat, Atal Setu Bridge, nearly one dozen BRO Bridges, highest-ever allocation of PMGSY and CRF Roads, Dreamland Park, Border Area Sulabh Toilets, new Lakhanpur Highway including Chattergala tunnel, Dayalachak road etc.
In another ceremony today, Dr Jitendra Singh was presented the recently published, first-of-its-kind book on Lalita Shastri, wife of former Prime Minister Late Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri. The book, written by Sanjay Pati Tiwari, was presented to the Minister with the request to revert back with his views on certain subtle aspects of Shastri’s personal and private life. The book highlights some of the lesser known domestic features of Shastri’s family life because of the austerity, simplicity and meager resources with which the family made its two ends meet, in spite of Shastri having risen to the highest office of the country.