The Hush Post| 12:54 pm|one-minute-read|
Soon a Hindu State University will be a reality not in India but Indonesia.
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently gave a nod to set up the country’s first Hindu state university.
According to the presidential regulation, the Hindu Dharma State Institute (IHDN) in Denpasar, Bali will be turned into a new university. It will be called I Gusti Bagus Sugriwa State Hindu University (UHN) as per the Jakarta Post reported.
The report added that the regulation was enacted last week. Following this, all present IHDN students have been converted to UHN students. All the institute’s assets and employees are being transferred to the university.
The presidential regulation specifies that the UHN would “administer Hindu higher education programmes” as well as other higher education programmes, which support Hindu higher education programmes.
IHDN rector I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana recently said in a statement on the institute’s official website that the change in status was announced through a ‘Perpres’ (presidential regulation) and just the “handover” from the central government is awaited.
The institute was set up in 1993 as a state academy for Hindu religion teachers. Later, it was converted into Hindu Religion State College six years later. It was then turned into Hindu Dharma State Institute or IHDN in 2004.