Ratan Lal Nath
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A Buddhist University will be set up in Tripura, said state education minister Ratan Lal Nath.

“The Buddhist University will be set up in the Manu Bankul area of South Tripura district,” said Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath, adding, “The process to construct the university has been started.”

Education minister Nath said the International Buddhist Confederation will set up the Buddhist University and the state government has issued them a letter of intent (LoI) to go ahead with the project.

Tripura currently has three universities and one deemed university, said Nath.

These universities are ICFAI University, a private university; Tripura Central University; Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) University, a state university and NIT Agartala, a deemed university.

Nath said, “Several private parties have expressed their willingness to construct university in Tripura. But the state government has not given them any LoI till now. The state government wants to know their background first.”

The Tripura education minister also cleared the air about the state government’s vision on private universities.

Minister Nath said, “The state government will not provide any land to any private party to construct university in Tripura.”

“The party should buy land from the land owners directly. The state government will only extend logistic support to them,” Tripura education minister Nath said.

“There must be a clause from the state government to these private parties.”

“The private universities will have to make arrangements of placement for the passed-out students and career-oriented courses will have to be introduced in those universities,” he added.

The Tripura education minister also informed that the state government has set up placement cells in all the colleges and universities in Tripura which are run by the government.

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