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No new govt colleges in State: Puar

?THE GOVERNMENT has decided not to open any more colleges in the State but to improve the standard of the existing ones,? said Minister for Higher and Technical Education Tukojirao Puar.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 18:29 IST

“THE GOVERNMENT has decided not to open any more colleges in the State but to improve the standard of the existing ones,” said Minister for Higher and Technical Education Tukojirao Puar.

He was in the City to lay the foundation stone for a new building for the Computer Science department to be constructed at the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalya (DAVV), Khandwa Road campus on Saturday.

Puar while speaking to media persons stated that the State already has sufficient number of government colleges to cater to the educational demands. The present 313 colleges can be improved with judicious allocation of funds and therefore the government has decided to spend it wisely and invest in improving the existing facilities instead of blocking money in new projects.

The then Chief Minister Babulal Gaur had been instrumental in mooting this idea and the cabinet had given its approval on May 20 2004, which is being implemented now. The whole idea is to improve the conditions in the colleges and upgrade their level bringing them into competition with national, international and other educational institutes of renown.

The government will also bring private colleges under the scanner and identify erring colleges so that appropriate rectifying measures can be taken.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has expressed his interest in improving the allround conditions in colleges. Directives issued by him in this regard ask for quality in standard of imparting higher education and providing better education opportunities to the masses if not at subsidized costs then at fees, which are easily affordable.

Puar welcomed the proposal of intent shown by the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry in granting central university status to Dr Hari Singh Gaur University, Sagar. If the proposal is implemented the university would become the first and only in the State to achieve this coveted status.

The State government has sanctioned construction of a hi-tech studio at Bhoj Open University premise having state of the art two-way conferencing facility allowing other universities of the State where primary setups would be provided to have a better interface thereby, benefiting not only the faculty but also students.

A lecture of a renowned personality would not remain confined to the host university but other universities would also be able to avail of the same, while sitting back home.

First Published: Oct 30, 2006 18:29 IST