Monday, December 05, 2005

 

A precedent: RS passes Manipur University Bill

A case for KBK Central U. could be modeled after the following instance.

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Times of India Nov 30:

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a Bill to convert the Manipur University into a Central University with Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh promising such institutions in the Northeastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Sikkim as well.

Winding up the discussion on the Manipur University Bill 2005, which was passed by voice vote, Singh announced that Centre would set up an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Shillong for which foundation stone would be laid next month.

Observing that the UPA government has laid lot of emphasis on education in its Common Minimum Programme (CMP), he said under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) a number of initiatives have been taken with the objective of removing whatever shortcomings were there in the field of education in the North East.

Responding to demands from some members on making Universities in Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Sikkim, he said that the Centre was alive to the necessity of establishing universities in these states.

The Centre has already taken the proposal to the Planning Commission, he said expressing confidence that a decision would be taken very soon in this regard.

He recalled Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Manipur earlier when he assured that the Centre was fully conscious of people's aspirations. The conversion of this university as a Central University was part of that exercise, he said.

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