Special Correspondent

‘Government is getting feedback

on the matter’

PANAJI: The Goa Government is yet to take a decision on the nature of a central university that may be established in Goa as per the policy announced by the Centre.

Minister for Education Atanacio Monserrate stated this here on Saturday.

Later, addressing presspersons at the Congress House, senior Congress leader and MP Shantaram Naik said that the Congress had constituted a committee under the chairmanship of M.K. Shaikh, vice-president of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee, to study the issue of centralised university for Goa.

Mr. Naik said that the Goa Government was getting feedback from various sources.

Only after analysing the views of various sections of society, the Government would be in a position to arrive at a conclusion.

Mr. Naik said the Centre was trying to complete its routine procedure for the establishment of central universities in various States.

That should not be construed as binding on the State Government.

The MP said that the options required to be examined were: upgrading Goa University to central university, to have a central university, and to have a central university which will protect the regional interests of Goa, including reservation of seats for Goan students and protection of title of the State Government to the land on which present university had been established. Referring to the issue of de-notification of three SEZs in Goa, Mr. Naik said that developers of these SEZs had been told by Union Commerce Minister Kamalnath that they should not insist upon going ahead with their projects in view of stiff opposition to their units from the people.

Mr. Naik said that at one of the meetings with these developers, the Union Commerce Minister promised the developers to consider their proposals in other States. However, as these developers wanted land to establish industrial units (not SEZ) as a compromise formula, Mr. Kamalnath told Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to have a look at their proposals.

Mr. Naik said that the Chief Minister was likely to call these developers for talks in Goa soon.