Special Correspondent

Move is to ensure that every State has a Central university

Rs. 325-crore scheme to provide quality education in madrasas

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Friday cleared a Human Resource Development Ministry proposal to introduce a “jumbo legislation” to set up 12 new central universities and take over four State universities.

The move is aimed at ensuring that there is a central university in every State. The central universities will come up in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Bihar, Orissa and Jharkhand.

The State universities to be upgraded central universities are Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Srinagar in Uttarakhand; Dr. Harisingh Gour University, Sagar in Madhya Pradesh; Guru Ghasidas University, Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, and Goa University, Goa.

Of the 11th Plan budgetary allocation of Rs. 3,280 crore, Rs. 2,700 crore will be for setting up the new central universities and Rs. 580 crore will be pumped into the four State universities to help them with the upgrade.

Girls’ hostels

This apart, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the revision of the centrally sponsored scheme for construction and running of girls’ hostels for students of secondary and higher secondary schools in each of the Educationally Backward Blocks (EBB) of the country during the Plan period. The Centre will incur an expenditure of Rs. 2,000 crore, picking up 90 per cent of the bill. This will facilitate the construction of 3,500 hostels through State governments in all EBBs and also provide for a recurring grant to meet the residents’ needs.

The CCEA also gave its nod for a Rs. 325-crore scheme, ‘Providing Quality Education in Madrasas’. It is aimed at encouraging traditional institutions such as madrasas, maktabs, Dar-ul-Ulooms to introduce science, mathematics, languages and English in their curriculum from Classes I to XII.