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Panchkula: The project of building up a Sanskrit university is yet to take place, despite its announcement made by the Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma a year before.

Recommendation from the Mansa Devi shrine board is yet to be received regarding a suitable land for the project.

The Minister announced the formation of the university in the premises of the temple during his visit to the temple last year in December.

The university would cater to the need of the students interested in pursuing their future in the Sanskrit language, offering various undergraduate and post-graduate courses.

“The university would be set up on the land given by the shrine board and the cost of construction would be borne by them. Till date, we have not received any proposal from them regarding the site that they have earmarked and how much land they are willing to provide for the university. So, we cannot go ahead with the project,” said deputy director, higher education, Arun Joshi.

The fourth remainder is already been sent to the shrine board earlier on this Wednesday, the first one which was sent on February 18, 2015; but there seems no response by their side.

The project was announced as being the part of the Haryana government’s Education project to promote and encourage dissemination of knowledge Sanskrit and Vedic texts among students.

“The proposal is pending with the Shrine Board. Until they identify the site and ready to transfer the land, we cannot formulate the proposal for administrative approval and budgetary allocation. The requirement of land should also include possible expansion in the near future, as hostels will also be built, apart from academic blocks. Mere 10-acre would not be sufficient,” said Joshi.

The proposal was further approved by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.(inputs from agencies)

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PM Narendra Modi Launches Plan to Tackle Water Shortage in India

Modi Unveils Plan to Tackle Water Shortages in India's Heartland States

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a 60-billion-rupee ($842 million) plan to tackle water shortages in the country’s seven heartland states where agriculture is a mainstay.

India, the world’s second-most populous country, faces the worst long-term water crisis in its history as demand outstrips supply, threatening farm output and overall economic growth in Asia’s third-largest economy.

Almost every sector of the $2.6 trillion economy is dependent on water, especially agriculture, which sustains two-thirds of India’s 1.3 billion people.

“Water shortages in the country not only affect individuals and families; the crisis also has an effect on India’s development,” Modi said. “We need to prepare the new India to deal with every single aspect of the crisis.”

The plan launched by Modi would help replenish ground water and boost overall availability in Rajasthan, Karnataka, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat states, which produce staples such as rice, wheat, sugar and oilseeds.

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The plan launched by Modi would help replenish ground water. Wikimedia Commons

India is the world’s leading producer of an array of farm goods, and nearly 60% of the irrigation for agriculture comes from ground water, mainly through electric water pumps. Subsidised electricity gives farmers an incentive to pump out more water, a key reason behind fast-depleting water tables in the vast country.

Supplying clean drinking water to millions of poor people and reviving moribund irrigation projects were a key part of Modi’s policies for India, where the monsoon accounts for nearly 70% of the annual rains needed to water farms and recharge aquifers and reservoirs.

Nearly half of India’s farmland, without any irrigation cover, depends on annual June-September rains to grow a number of crops.

Drinking water is also an issue, as about 200,000 Indians die every year due to inadequate access to safe water and 600 million face high to extreme water stress, according to the National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, a think tank chaired by Modi.

According to UK-based charity WaterAid, about 163 million people in India — roughly 12% of the population — do not have access to clean water close to home.

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Every summer water shortages tend to be more acute in large cities such as the capital New Delhi, Chennai — a car-making center dubbed “India’s Detroit”, and Bengaluru, the country’s software capital.

Modi also exhorted farmers to increasingly adopt drip and sprinkler irrigation and use water-management techniques as well as eschewing water-guzzling crops such as rice and sugar cane. (VOA)