( CM Jai Ram Thakur giving prizes in annual college function at Mandi)

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said,” The decision to start a second university in the state is a historic step and would go a long way in providing quality education to students of 18 colleges of this region.”

Addressing students of Vallabh Government College Mandi on its annual prize distribution day on Tuesday, Thakur said, “The University at Mandi would start functioning from this year and the state government has earmarked Rs 850 crores for education sector and land has been identified for the university campus.”

He said, “The state government is committed to provide quality education to students at their doorsteps and Mandi College has witnessed a sea change since its inception in 1948; it has not only grown in terms of infrastructure but also contributed a lot by providing quality education, sports facilities etc ; and alumni of the college have excelled in various fields.”

Thakur said, “I myself have been a student of this college and owe a great deal to teachers, staff and students a lot and always enjoy visiting the campus as many memories are linked with the college.”

He said, “A new college building is coming up in the campus after spending Rs 27 crores and would be completed by August this year.”

The CM also gave away prizes to students on the annual day. A cultural programme was also presented by the students of the college.

Later, the Chief Minister also announced the opening of a sub-tehsil at Thachi, laid the foundation stone of a college building and informed people about various development works undergoing in the area.

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