Shimla, Oct 3 (UNI) The Centre's decision to set up a central university and an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is a step forward towards making the state a ''knowledge hub'', state National Students Union of India (NSUI) president Kewal Singh Pathania today said.
Addressing mediapersons here, he said the state and the country as a whole have witnessed revolutionary development in education, besides other sectors whenever the Congress Government has come to power at the Centre or state.
He said Himachal has become the first state to adopt Aam Admi Bima Yojna and had been chosen to launch this central scheme because it has been considered the best administered state, credit of which goes to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
Expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the university and IIT, he said that the successive Congress Governments had launched various social welfare schemes for the welfare of the people.
The NSUI leader said while the UPA Government had announced several welfare schemes, the previous NDA Government had done lip service to the poor.
Lashing out at the BJP and its student outfit, the ABVP, Mr Pathania said it had failed to deliver to during its reign in the state.
He said a delegation of the NSUI would be meeting the chief minister soon to suggest the places where the IIT and the central university should be set up.
The NSUI was also considering a proposal to felicitate teaching and non-teaching personnel who have served in the tribal areas of the state for ten years, he added.