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Defence university planned

By Ravi Reddy

HYDERABAD, DEC. 3. Plans are afoot to establish an exclusive defence university by bringing under one umbrella all the tri-services training institutions in the country.

The idea to have a separate centre for excellence on the lines of a deemed university was mooted in a report submitted to the Union Government by defence analyst, K. Subramaniam. The need to have such an institution -- Indian National Defence University (INDU) -- has also been emphasised by the Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (HQIDS).

The Commandant of College of Defence Management (CDM), V. Balachandran, told The Hindu that the new university was almost a certainty. All defence institutions such as the National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, CDM, National Defence College, New Delhi, and the Institute of Armament Training, Pune, would be brought under its purview.

The university would come up in New Delhi, Rear-Admiral Balachandran said, adding that two more colleges specialising in Industrial Resources Management and Strategic Studies would be established. This would be the first defence university in the country.

MoU to be signed

The Commandant said that the college would sign a memorandum of understanding with Osmania University shortly for establishing a "chair of excellence" for pursuance of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programme in management.

The research topics on contemporary defence related management issues would be selected by the Services. Defence officers admitted for the Ph.D programme would carry out full-time research under CDM's aegis. To begin with, two officers would be selected to pursue their doctoral research.

He said the CDM was keen on imparting training to more and more foreign officers. Every year, six officers from abroad come to Hyderabad to undergo the Long Defence Management Course (LDMC) and the Senior Defence Management Course (SDMC). "We intend to increase the intake of foreign officers," he said.

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