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Kolkata: West Bengal government has decided to set up a university named after Mahatma Gandhi as part of commemorating his 150th birth anniversary later this year.

The proposed state university will be set up in East Midnapore district but the exact location will be finalised later, Bengal chief secretary Malay De told a news conference today.

This apart, the state government has decided to take over the Gandhi Bhavan at Beleghata on the northern suburb of Kolkata to carry out a major renovation, and set up a chair in the name of Ganghiji at the Calcutta University.

“The idea is to inculcate Gandhiji’s ideology and philosophy of life in the younger generations and for this, a year-long celebration of his 150th birth anniversary is being planned. We will organise debates, discussions, essay competitions, etc. among college and university students,” De said.

The state government has formed a 46-member committee chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the celebrations. The committee today met for the first time at state secretariat Nabanna.

CU vice-chancellor Sonali Chakraborty, Presidency University vice-chancellor Anuradha Lohia, Rabindra Bharati University vice-chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Roychoudhury, and others were present in the meeting.