Central Universities to be established in 12 states

January 9th, 2009 - 5:56 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): The Union Cabinet today approved the establishment of new Central Universities in Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
The Central Universities Bill, 2008, aiming at conversion of Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University and Goa University into Central Universities, and establishment of a new Central University in each of the twelve States, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on October 23, 2008.
This Bill was referred to the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development for examination and report.
The Committee presented its report on December 17, 2008, but the Bill could not be passed during the last session of Parliament.
As a number of preparatory steps are required to be taken for operationalizing the proposed Central Universities for the next academic session and Parliament is not in session, the Government is of the view that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action for the establishment of these Central Universities.
It has, therefore, been decided to recommend to the President of an Ordinance under article 123 of the Constitution for the establishment and incorporation of the proposed Central Universities.
The proposed Ordinance would contain all the provisions of the Central Universities Bill, 2008 pending in the Lok Sabha, with such changes as may be necessary to implement the accepted recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, which include, among others, dropping of the conversion of Goa university into a Central University.
The Conversion of Goa University was included in the Bill on a specific request of the State Government. However, the State Government subsequently informed that this issue had been discussed by the various segments of the society in the State and their elected representatives, including Members of Parliament, and they had come to the conclusion that conversion of Goa University would not be in the interest of the State, and requested for deletion of the relevant provisions from the Bill.
The Committee recommended dropping of the conversion of Goa University taking cognizance of this communication from the State Government. (ANI)

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