Johns Hopkins University is the first research university in the US. It has been ranked among top universities of the world, and in the last 140 years, 36 Nobel Prize winners have been associated with Johns Hopkins. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who is currently on a visit to the US, met officials of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and has sought the help of Bloomberg School of Public Health in setting up a world-class institution in Karnal, that will be known as the Kalpana Chawla University of Health Sciences.
A state government spokesman said, "While inviting participation from Johns Hopkins in construction, maintenance, expert training and research activities of the university, the chief minister said the Haryana government desired to promote super-specialty services in the health sector so that people could get specialist healthcare services in the state."
During his visit, Khattar said, "The institute would be developed as a Center of Excellence to improve the health of the people through best clinical care, innovative research and by imparting education to the future leaders in medicine and allied fields."
Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal. She studied at the school in Karnal town, 130 km from Chandigarh, and became the first woman of Indian origin to go to space on NASA's space shuttle Columbia in 1997. The space scientist had a degree in aeronautical engineering from Chandigarh's Punjab Engineering College, and was chosen by NASA for her second space mission in January 2003. It was during the return journey that the flight disintegrated while re-entering the Earth's atmosphere on February 1, 2003. All the seven astronauts, including Kalpana Chawla, perished in the disaster.