Three private varsities in offing in Chhattisgarh

May 13, 2014

Raipur: Three more private universities are in offing in Chhattisgarh where five are already functioning. Chhattisgarh Private University Regulatory Commission secretary BR Chandrakar told TOI that the proposal for establishment of three new universities- Shankaracharya University at Durg, Amity University, Raipur and Jindal University at Raigarh- is under consideration.

Private universities can be set up in state under Chhattisgarh Private University Act 2005 and it has been about five years since universities have been established under this act. Five private universities- MATS University, Dr CV Raman University (CVRU) , ICFAI University, ITM University and Kalinga University are functioning at present.

Throwing light on the procedure for granting an organisation the permission to establish a university, Chandrakar said after the proposal is examined, it is forwarded to government for issuance of a Letter Of Intent (LOI). State government takes a call and issues LOI which contains criterions that are necessary for a functional university, the main ones being financial perspective and the suitable amount of land area.

He said in the past many such proposals had been cancelled as the parties concerned failed to fulfill the criterion.

adding that selection of staff and vice-chancellor for the university is done under the norms set by University Grants Commission (UGC).

The regulatory commission along with UGC monitors the universities by going on regular inspections, checking the infrastructure as well as the course planning, he said.

Govt wants universities in remote regions: Chandrakar said government is trying to get varsities started in remote region. "Government doesn't want universities just in Raipur, Durg and Bilaspur. In remote places the endowment fund for a private university is just Rs 1 crore while in urban regions it is about Rs 3 crore," he said.

"CVRU is the only private university set up in one of the interior areas of the state and we want to establish more as it would be very noble to make education easily accessible in remote regions. Hence, we are trying our level best to promote this," he said.

Pointing out that CVRU and MATS University have completed seven years while three other universities have completed five years of their establishment, Chandrakar said the commission was looking into the idea of permitting these universities to set up their off-shore campuses. "These universities have setup study centres in different parts within state, enabling large number of students to have access to their facilities and education," he said.

CVRU has 67 study centres all over the state. After the then Ajit Jogi government formulated Chhattisgarh Private Sector Universities Act, 2002, 112 private universities mushroomed in the state within a year. Later, Supreme Court declared establishment of these universities as null and void resulting in they being de-notified. Later, state government set up a private university regulatory commission to oversee their functioning. Source-TOI.

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