Aiming to expand the reach of higher education in the country, the government would set up 30 new Central universities and also a number of institutes of excellence in the country, UGC chairman Sukhdeo Thorat said in Hyderabad on Saturday.
“Thirty new central universities have been proposed under the initiative of Prime Minister. It also includes setting up of 30 medical and engineering colleges in Central Universities,” he said delivering the convocation address of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU).
The government would also launch eight new IITs, 20 NITs, 20 IITs and several other centres of excellence, he said.
The 11th plan proposed a number of measures for inclusive education including special support to universities and colleges located in rural, hilly, remote, tribal and border areas, he said.
The plan also proposes enhanced support to universities and colleges with a higher concentration of the students belonging to SC, ST, OBC and Muslim community, Thorat said.
Honoris Causa D Litt Degree of the university were conferred on former Indian envoy to US, Abid Hussain, novelist Jeelani Bano, eminent scholar Gopichand Narang and film actor Dilip Kumar on the occasion.