India to set up national defense university

20:41, May 13, 2010      

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The Indian government Thursday approved the setting up of a highly specialized Indian National Defense University (INDU) at an estimated cost of 2.95 billion rupees (about 60 million U.S. dollars) in the northern state of Haryana.

The decision was taken by the Cabinet of Ministers presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"The government has accorded in principle approval for setting up of INDU as a fully autonomous institution to be constituted under an act of Parliament at an estimated cost of 2.95 billion rupees," Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told the media in the national capital.

INDU will undertake long-term defense and strategic studies and create synergy between the academic community and government functionaries, said the official.

"It will promote policy oriented research on all aspects relating to national security as an input to strategic national policy making. It will encourage awareness of national security issues by reaching out to scholars and an audience beyond the official machinery. INDU will also educate national security leaders on aspects of national security strategy, national military strategy, national information strategy and national technology strategy through teaching and research," he added.



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