Darjeeling Hill University gets Assembly nod

Thu, Jul 11, 2019

DARJEELING,: The West Bengal Legislative Assembly has approved the renaming of the upcoming university in the Darjeeling hills from Greenfield University to Darjeeling Hill University.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Binay Tamang today informed that the Assembly has approved the renaming of the university as suggested by him and then Darjeeling MLA Amar Singh Rai while Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced setting up the institution for the hills last year.
The name change required an amendment in the State university bill which was discussed and passed by the Assembly today. Binay further thanked Bengal Education minister Partha Chatterjee for fulfilment of the demand.
Kurseong MLA Rohit Sharma in a Facebook post said, “I justified the amendment of renaming the upcoming university because Darjeeling is a brand name for education hub and ultimately bill passed for Darjeeling Hill University.”
The matter would now go to the University Grants Commission which will do the remaining things required. “The official process will then be done by the State government and the
GTA. Before the elections, the process for appointment of a vice-chancellor for the university had also been started with from the five names three have been kept in the panel list and one of them will be chosen for the post,” said Tamang.
According to the Morcha leader, survey for the land for the university campus had been done by the Land and Land Reforms department, along with the department of Higher Education and the GTA at Joghighat and construction work would start there soon. He further added that till construction was over the administrative building which will house the office of the vice chancellor, registrar and other officials will be at Takdah Engineering College along with other vacant government buildings at Mungpoo. He also said that once the University is set up it will also provide employment opportunities to around 5,000 people.
The State government has also notified the bifurcation of the existing eight blocks to thirteen blocks. On the development, Tamang said, “We had also been demanding that there should be block bifurcation of the existing 8 blocks to 12 blocks which the State government has agreed upon. The Home and Hill Affairs minister yesterday promised that the process for this will start soon and the notification will also come out.” Tamang added there were talks of Pedong also being made a block so there could be 13 blocks in total.
“One of our demands was also the delimitation of gram panchayats with there being 116 gram panchayts from which 112 are functioning. After delimitation, a two tier panchayat election will also be held,” said Tamang adding that from 2005 panchayat election has not been held and during the DGHC time there was only one tier panchayat.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi