PM Modi gave Ladakh the first Central University with Buddhist Studies Center

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the plan of the first Central University with a Center on Buddhist Studies in Ladakh.  This decision has been taken just 15 days before the first anniversary of the parliamentary enactment under which Ladakh was made a union territory.  The proposed Central University will award degrees in all courses such as Liberal Arts and Basic Sciences except Engineering and Medical.

PM Modi approved the meeting on Monday while reviewing the steps taken by the government in the Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir in the last one year and outlining the priorities of the Center in the next few months.  So that this decision will improve the lives of the people here.  Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and all top officials attended the meeting.

Significantly, on August 5 last year, the BJP-led Central Government announced the removal of Section 370 from Jammu Kashmir following the President's order.  With this, Ladakh was separated from Jammu and Kashmir and both were made separate union territories.  Ladakh was made a union territory while Jammu and Kashmir was made a union territory.  It was said on behalf of Home Minister Amit Shah that for a long time there was a demand of the people that it should be recognized as a separate union territory, so that the people living here can achieve their goals.

According to the 2011 census, Kargil has a total population of 140,802, of which 76.87% of the population is Muslim (mostly Shia).  Whereas, Leh has a total population of 133,487.  Of this 66.40% are Buddhists.  Accordingly, the total population of Ladakh is 2,74,289 lakhs.  The population of Ladakh region is divided in half between Leh and Kargil districts.  After Indo-Pak war of 1947, only this part of Indus flows from Ladakh.

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