An engineering college exclusively for women in Maharashtra has got approval from the All
India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Union Human Resource Development Minister
Smriti Irani has said.
"According to the information furnished by the All India Council for Technical Education, it has
approved one women's engineering college during the academic year 2014-15 in the name
of 'New Horizon Institute of Technology and Management'," she said in a written reply in the Lok
Irani also said the central government has not sanctioned any funds for the college in Thane as
it is being set up by the New Horizon Education Society from its own funds.
Irani also informed Parliament that the government has planned to set up four new central
universities in the country and teachers shall be re-employed at the varsities on contract beyond
the age of 65 years and up to the age of 70 years to meet faculty requirement of 6,251 vacant
At present, there are 40 central universities under the purview of the ministry.
Irani said a scheme called "Operation Faculty Recharge" has been initiated for augmenting the
research and teaching resources of universities to tackle the shortage of faculty in the university
system. Source: Agency.