Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh on Friday announced that states not having central universities, IIT or IIM would have one.
The minister announced the location for the IITs, IIMs and Central Universities even though the ministry officials admitted that it would not be possible to set up these institutions in the 11th Five-Year Plan.
For instance, the cost of building an IIT is Rs 760 crore while the ministry has allocated only Rs 2,000 crore to build the seven new IITs for this period.
"The project will spill over into the next plan," a top ministry official said. Similarly the ministry has allocated Rs 4,800 crore to build 30 Central Universities while the cost of one such university would be more than Rs 1,000 crore.
Singh announced that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has approved the locations of the new institutions. "Establishment of these institutions is subject to state governments offering adequate land at suitable locations free of cost," the minister said.
Singh also said that the ministry would soon seek Cabinet's approval for the proposed Right to Education Bill. "The fund sharing between the Centre and the states was being finalized by the Planning Commission," the minister informed.
However, the proposed law for allowing foreign education providers is still in the limbo because of the opposition of the Left parties, Singh said.
With the OBC quota issue in premier institutions like the IIMs and IITs stuck in the Supreme Court, Singh hoped for a positive outcome. “Please pray for it,” was his response to a reporter’s question on whether the OBC reservation would come into force from the coming academic session.
The apex court has reserved its verdict on the issue.