Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said academic institutions providing higher education and running in non-conforming areas like “lal dora”, extended “lal dora” and agricultural land would be allowed to continue their operations for the academic session 2008-09.

Briefing the media following a Cabinet meeting here, Ms. Dikshit said the “perspective plan for technical education” points to a considerable shortage of technical education seats in Delhi, compared to other metropolitan cities as well as the national average.

The Chief Minister added that the Government was committed to facilitate continuation of the existing higher educational institutions, which were imparting approved courses from lal dora, extended lal dora, agricultural land, school buildings and other non-conforming areas.

Therefore, it was decided to permit these institutions to run the courses that have been previously allowed. Also, the Government has allowed increase in intake of students in the existing courses as well as adding on new courses.

The decision would benefit nine institutes affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, which are functioning from school premises, 13 institutes functioning from lal dora, extended lal dora, agriculture land including those in rented premises and seven diploma level institutions running under the Directorate of Training and Technical Education.