Haryana's first horticulture university would be set up in Karnal, with the state Cabinet today according approval for issuance of an ordinance for setting up the varsity.
Realising the importance of horticulture and the need for research and development support for its further expansion, Haryana Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here today, accorded the approval for issuance of the ordinance for setting up the state's first Horticulture University.
Approval was also given for setting up three Regional Research Stations in Ambala, Jind and Jhajjar, an official release said here.
The main campus of the State Horticulture University would be at Uchani, district Karnal.
Notably, Khattar represents Karnal constituency in the state assembly.
The Research Campus of the University will be established at village Munak, in Karnal. It has also been decided to transfer 97 acres of land belonging to Regional Research Station, HAU to Horticulture Department.
With the setting up of the University, the trained manpower in the field of horticulture would be available in the state, it said.
The state government has set up a Working Group comprising of Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Vice Chancellor, HAU, Hisar, Vice Chancellor or his representative, University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan (Himachal Pradesh), Head of Horticulture Department, HAU, Hisar and Director General, Horticulture.
The draft bill of the Horticulture University has been prepared in consultation with the Working Group after studying the Acts of HAU, Hisar, Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (LLRUVAS), Hisar, Horticulture Universities of Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka and other Private Universities of the state, it said.
Meanwhile, in another decision, Haryana Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval to a proposal of Power Department for providing Government guarantee in favour of Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) for obtaining a term loan of Rs 1,085.84 crore for repayment of the outstanding term loan of the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) for Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram Thermal Power Plant, Yamunanagar.
In another decision, the Cabinet has decided to allot 35 acres of land in HSIIDC's fully developed Industrial Estate Barhi to Delhi Electrical Traders Association (DETA) to facilitate the expansion of their Bhagirath Palace Market operations through setting up of an Electrical and Electronics market with about 1,200 shop-cum-offices.
Bhagirath Palace market is one of the oldest markets of Delhi.
They have requested for allotment of land to expand their Bhagirath Palace market operations in Industrial Estate Barhi, the release added.