Delhi would have a new university after a long time. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday introduced the “Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar Vishwavidyalaya Bill, 2007” in the Delhi Assembly to begin the process of setting the new university.
No time frame has been set for the setting up of the new university. After being passed by the House, it would be sent to the Lt Governor for his assent. A gazette notification would be made thereafter.
The draft of the Bill models the new university on the lines of Delhi University. “It shall be engaged in teaching and research in emerging areas of higher education with focus on liberal arts, humanities and social sciences,” the draft said. It would comprise of colleges and institutions where education would be imparted.
The President of the country would be the Visitor of the new University while the Lt. Governor would be the Chancellor. It would also have a Vice Chancellor and other officials on the pattern of DU.
“The population of Delhi has increased by leaps and bounds during the last 50 years. The abnormal rise in the population has inevitably brought a corresponding increase in the student population seeking admission to colleges,” said Dikshit, underlying the importance of a new university. For the first five years, the expenditure would be Rs 70 crores.
Prohibition of capitation fee: The government introduced two more Bills for prohibition of capitation fee in diploma level technical institutions and professional colleges/institutions. The Bill also aims to regulate admission, fixation of non-exploitative fees and other measures to ensure equity and excellence.
The draft of the two Bills say that it would make adequate provisions for the allocation and reservation of seats, constitution of Admission Regulatory Committee, Fee Regulatory Committee and other provisions. This would also ensure prohibition of capitation fee and regulation of admission in unaided diploma level technical institutions and also in degree level professional education colleges or institutions.