The government proposes to bring an ordinance to set up new central universities in 12 states and upgrade four existing universities to that level. The new central universities would be set up in Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
The four universities to be taken over by the Centre and converted into central universities are Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya in Madhya Pradesh, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya in Chhattisgarh, Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Uttarakhand and Goa University. "These universities will be established as per the announcement made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his Independence Day address," Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters in New Delhi.
Announcing the decision of the Union Cabinet, he said the Central Universities Bill 2008, which was introduced in the just concluded Parliament session, could not be passed. As a number of preparatory steps have to taken before the proposed central universities can be operationalised for the next academic session, it was decided to issue an ordinance for immediate action on the issue, he said.