India will soon have its first cooperative university. The Jawaharlal Nehru cooperative university, the first of its kind in South-East Asia, will be set up in Pune.
The idea is to have a full-fledged cooperative university to counter the challenge posed by private players to cooperative sector institutions, which suffer due to lack of trained professionals.
The Centre has agreed in principle to the proposal, which is at present under the University Grants Commission’s consideration, said the president of the National Cooperative Union of India Ghanshyam Amin.
The proposed university will have courses such as BA (cooperatives), MBA, Law and MCE with special focus on the cooperative sector. To begin with, it will start with five courses which would be increased with the addition of other streams in future.
Amin said the existing national level cooperative institution in Pune will be upgraded to a university.