New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will on Thursday lay the foundation stone of the country`s first dedicated university for military studies at Gurgaon.
The Indian National Defence University (INDU) was recommended to be set up by a committee formed after the Kargil conflict in 1999 stressing on the need for an institution to deal exclusively with defence and strategic matters.
"The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for the INDU at Binola in Gurgaon. The aim of INDU would be to provide military leadership and other civilian officials concerned with emerging security challenges through scholarly research and training," the Defence Ministry said.
"The INDU will develop and propagate higher education in defence studies, defence management, defence science and technology and promote policy oriented research related to national defence," it said.
The ministry will have think tanks working under which would provide inputs for policy formulation.
This long-awaited university will be instituted by an Act of Parliament with the President as the Visitor and the Defence Minister as the Chancellor.
The present institutes of Indian armed forces would be affiliated with it such as National Defence College (NDC) New Delhi, Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) Wellington, College of Defence Management (CDM) Secunderabad and National Defence Academy (NDA) Khadakwasla.
The university will be headed by its President, who will be a Lt Gen-equivalent officer from the three Services with the appointment status of a Commander-in-Chief.
Intended to be set up on the lines of the IITs and IIMs, 66 per cent of students in the university would be from the armed forces, whereas 33 per cent would be drawn from other government agencies, police and civilian units.