The State Higher Education Council (SHEC), Chandigarh, will set up its directorate office in Sector 42. The SHEC has already received a preparatory grant of Rs 3 crore which will be utilised for setting up an office and will also provide training to the teaching and non-teaching staff of the city-based colleges. As per the plans, the office will be established by March 31, as the work is already under progress. All the meetings of the council will be held at this office, once it is established.
Director, higher education and state project director, Rubinderjit Singh Brar said that since the council has received a preparatory grant of Rs 3 crore, it will be utilised in ensuring adequate availability of faculty and development of colleges in terms of academics and capacity building.
The council has received the grant under the centrally sponsored scheme - Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA).
Recently, under the same scheme, the SHEC has also provided Rs 3 lakh each to the city colleges to hold seminars, conferences and workshops.
Also, SHEC has written to the ministry of human resource development seeking a grant worth Rs 218 crore for the development of colleges and research projects in Panjab University (PU).
The SHEC directorate will be set up in Sector 42, where the government college of Business and administration was situated. As the college was shifted to Sector 50, last year in November, the area was earmarked for the SHEC directorate.
One of the members said, “With the grant provided to us, we will have to make sure the colleges provide adequate training to the teaching and non-teaching staff.”
The council members told that at the next meeting of the body, decisions in regard to appointment of director and associate director of the Chandigarh SHEC office will be taken.