LEARNING FROM experiences of other states, a carefully formulated Act is being prepared to set up private universities in Madhya Pradesh. It will be tabled before the Legislative Assembly within a month, Minister of State for Higher and Technical Education Tukojirao Puar said on Wednesday.
Speaking to media persons in a hastily arranged setting, after formally changing the name of New Science College to Nirbhay Singh Patel College at its present location on Holkar Science College campus, he commented on various issues of immediate concern.
The State, though lagging behind others in implementing the Private Varsity Bill, has gained from their experience and efforts are being made to translate it into practicality by putting safeguards. The Act is under process of preparation and will hopefully be tabled within a month.
He expressed hope on getting a formal registrar for the Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalya (DAVV), an issue raised by acting Vice Chancellor Dr Rajkamal during his last trip to Bhopal.
Puar said Chancellor Dr Balram Jakhar has been apprised in this regard. He, however, declined to comment at this stage on an exchange of registrars between DAVV and Barkatullah University, Bhopal.
The State Government has decided on taking their experiments in the field of information technology (IT) further and start 12 new IT colleges for the backward preferably in tribal areas. The government is in consultation with top IT companies & experts of the country, and they would be urged to better the present IT Parks in Madhya Pradesh.
In a recent high-level finding, 103 B Ed colleges in the State have been found to be operating without necessary permission/accreditation/affiliation.
The State Government has decided on taking strict action against them. The action will, however, not interfere with students and would be in their best interest.
Puar also released the Nirbhay Singh Patel College’s first magazine. MLA Manoj Patel presided over the function convened by college Janbhagidari president Dinesh Khandelwal.
Earlier speaking at the annual function of Gujarati Homoeopathy College at Anand Mohan Mathur auditorium, he said the people of MP are decades behind in terms of modern education in comparison to progressive states and international standards.
This statement came as a reply to college committee chairman Atul Sheth saying that his college is the best in the State. To this, Puar replied that they should raise their standards further by testing mettle against the best in the country.
He accepted the deficiency in educational standards as the biggest challenge faced by the State and asked the varsities to prepare for competition from foreign universities that would be opening campuses in the country soon.