Private colleges encouraged in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is relaxing norms for setting up private colleges in the state to give a boost to higher education.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 12:17 IST
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Rajasthan is relaxing norms for setting up private colleges in the state to give a boost to higher education. The education department has formulated a new policy considerably reducing the minimum land requirement, security deposit and the number and size of classrooms in private colleges, education department officials said.

The policy is likely to be announced in a couple of days and implemented in the coming academic session. The state government believes that greater private sector participation in higher education would enhance the standard of education. Rajasthan’s director for college education Damodar Sharma said the state government was relaxing norms to promote higher education.

Under the new norms, the minimum requirement of ten acres of land for opening of private colleges has been reduced to two acres, he said. Another reason for this was reduction in land availability, Sharma said.

“Owing to this huge requirement of land, several private entities were reluctant to step into higher education. But now it would be easy for them to open colleges in Rajasthan,” Sharma said.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 12:17 IST