UT education council seeks Rs 218 cr infrastructural grant
State Higher Education Council (SHEC), Chandigarh, which was constituted last year to raise the standard of higher education in the city has written to the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to approve a grant worth Rs 218 crore.punjab Updated: Feb 04, 2016 12:05 IST
State Higher Education Council (SHEC), Chandigarh, which was constituted last year to raise the standard of higher education in the city has written to the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to approve a grant worth Rs 218 crore.
The letter was sent to the ministry after 21 members of the council highlighted the requirements of the Panjab University (PU) and its affiliated colleges in the city, at a meeting held recently.
As per the proposal sent, out of Rs 218 crore, Rs 144 crore has been demanded only for the research work going on in the PU campus, keeping in mind the financial crunch of the varsity due to which certain projects have been pending.
Besides this, an infrastructural grant worth Rs 51 crore has been sought from the ministry, especially for the government colleges.
Confirming about the letter sent to the ministry, director higher education (DHE) and the state project director of Rashriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “We have sent a proposal to the ministry considering the requirements of our university and the affiliated colleges. Colleges had given representations at the meeting.”
Meanwhile, out of the total grant sought from the ministry, Rs 12 crore has been demanded to convert the city government colleges into ‘model’ colleges.
DHE said that initially three government colleges will be taken up for the project, which will be made model colleges.
“For the time being, we have only selected Home Science College, which will be made model institute. We are yet to select other two colleges.”
However, commenting on the proposal seeking grants for the research work, director, Research Promotion Cell, PU, and professor at UIPS, Professor OP Katare said, “We have the research promotion cell, which is one of its kinds in the country. Our university has been working on a lot of projects and research work and we are lagging behind for the reasons that we do not have enough investment.”
“The state higher education council is justified if they have sent this proposal to MHRD. We have the best of facilities at our campus in terms of research but we are still not at the higher level and to reach that level, we need adequate funds to invest it on our research projects,” Katare added.
State higher education coucil
To raise the standard of higher education in the city, UT administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki had constituted the State Higher Education Council in 2015. The council has 21 members, with PU vice-chancellor as its chairperson and director of PEC as its vicechairman. The council was constituted under the provisions of the mission document of the Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA).