Haryana government to allow private universities
Haryana CM said various statutory provisions, including those related to minimum land, endowment fund, etc. have been provided for in the draft bill.india Updated: Jun 02, 2006 20:59 IST
In a significant development, the Haryana government on Friday decided to enact a Private Universities Act for the setting up of self financed, non-affiliated private universities of international standard in the state.
A decision on this was taken at a meeting of the cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Chandigarh on Friday afternoon in view of the interest shown by several institutions to set up universities in the state, official sources said.
The cabinet approved a draft of the Haryana Private Universities Bill 2006.
The state currently has five universities.
Addressing a press conference later, Hooda said private universities in management, computer science, computer applications, law, environment science and medical education and other new emerging areas of knowledge were expected to be set up.
Hooda said various statutory provisions, including those related to minimum land, endowment fund, appointment of faculty and library, had been provided for in the draft bill.
Besides, 80 per cent of the seats in the new universities will be open and 20 per cent will be set aside for students of Haryana, including 10 per cent for the Scheduled Castes.
It was observed in the cabinet meeting that some states like Rajasthan, Uttranchal and Tripura have already enacted laws to allow the setting up of private universities.
Hooda said the Union Human Resource Development Ministry had approved the setting up of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the Rajiv Gandhi Education City being set up in Sonipat district.
The Cabinet also decided to amend service rules to provide a 33 per cent quota for women and 50 per cent reservations for rural youth who passed their matriculation examination from schools in rural areas in all direct recruitment posts and for all categories of teachers.