Srinagar: The foundation stone of Leh campus of Kashmir University was laid by Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday.
Kashmir University, located at Hazratbal, already has two offsite campuses in Baramulla and Anantnag districts and Leh will be the third such campus of the varsity.
Stressing the importance of access to higher education, Vohra and Omar said the establishment of a Kashmir University Campus in Leh district would enable students living in difficult areas to pursue higher education.
The Governor, who is Chancellor of the University, dwelt in detail on various aspects relating to the development of higher education institutions and production of qualified human resource which can serve Ladakh region, the state and the country.
He underlined the high potential of knowledge being transmitted through faculty exchanges, tele-conferencing and internet.
The Governor asked the University to consider a scheme for providing full scholarship to meritorious students who commit to work as teachers for specified periods after gaining qualifications from the University.
He also suggested a survey to assess the needs and aspirations of students of this region so that the campus could consider how best to meet their expectations.