Tripura is set to get a Buddhist University at Manu Bankul area of South Tripura district. While making the announcement, State education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the International Buddhist Confederation will create the university for which construction has already begun. The state government has already given them the letter of intend (LOI).
A Buddhist group met Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb in December 2019 and expressed their intent to construct a Buddhist University in Tripura, to which the Deb welcomed them and assured of help. A Bill is expected to be passed in the State Assembly once the construction process is complete said the Education Minister.
What The University Intends To Do
The Buddhist university looks to bring in students from South East Asia and Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Sri Lanka. The new university will teach subjects like Buddhist philosophy, culture as well as new course that is relevant in the modern day scenario. International Buddhist Confederation will invest hundred crore rupees into this venture.
At present the state has three Universities and one deemed University. While ICFAI is a private university, there is also the Tripura Central University, MBB state university and NIT Agartala which is a deemed University.
How The Government Plans to Go About The Construction
Several private parties have expressed interest in constructing the University. However, the State government does not give any LOI as yet without understanding their background first. The state government wants private parties to buy land in order to construct a university in Tripura, for which the party should buy land from the owner.
However, the state government is sure to extend logistical support to private parties with a clause from the government side. The clause includes arranging for the placement of students and career oriented courses to be introduced in the university. As far as placement in State universities is concerned, the Education Minister said that the state government has created placement cells in all colleges and universities in Tripura.