Tuesday, December 13, 2005

 

LS okays Manipur University Bill

New Delhi, December 13: Parliament today passed a legislation to convert Manipur University into a Central University with the Centre maintaining that it was alive to sentiments of the people of the North-East that more central universities be established in the region.

The Manipur University Bill, 2005, which was approved by Rajya Sabha on November 30, was passed by voice vote in Lok Sabha with Minister of State for HRD Kanti Singh saying resource crunch was the only problem in giving a categoric assurance that more central universities would be established in other North-Eastern States as well.

She said State Governments, along with the University Grants Commission, had to provide assistance to these universities and the States were facing a severe resource crunch at the moment.

Not satisfied with her reply and seeking a categoric assurance from her, two BJP members from the North-East Khiren Rijiju and Tapir Gao walked out of the House though their party colleagues sat inside."

We believe in action and not mere assurances," Kanti Singh asserted and maintained the Centre was alive to the necessity of establishing universities in these States. She said the proposal had already been taken to the Planning Commission and expressed confidence that a decision was likely to be taken soon.

The Minister said the UPA Government issued an ordinance in this regard as the academic session was already on the anvil and appointments made to several top posts including Vice Chancellor, Registrar and Financial Officer.

Participating in the discussion, members hailed the decision to convert Manipur University into a Central University and called for setting up of more such institutions for spread of higher education in backward States.

Khiren Rijiju (BJP) said the Government should bring a legislation in right earnest for setting up such universities in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Tripura.

He said while giving Manipur University central status, an impression should not gain ground that "one gets a reward only after trouble is made". Thokchom Meinya (Cong) said the Centre has fulfilled a long felt demand by giving Manipur University the Central status.

Basudeb Burman (CPI-M) pointed out that the Bill is silent on University's constitution and hoped the First Executive Council would initiate steps in this direction.

Mohan Singh (SP) wondered when other regions had universities, why was the North-East left out. Giridhar Gamang (Cong) highlighted the need for a central university in Orissa's backward and tribal-dominated regions.

Tapir Gao (BJP) demanded a central university for Arunachal Pradesh.

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.

 

Backward districts of Orissa

Super backward: The Undivided KBK districts comprsising of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Nowrangpur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Balangir, Sonepur are in a category beyond the list of backward districts of India.

The two listed backward districts-extremely affetcted areas of Orissa are: Gajapati (adjacent to Rayagada to the east) and Ganjam.

The above two and other backward districts of India are shown in http://www.mapsofindia.com/economy/backward-district-of-india.html




 

Manipur University bill : Rajya Sabha nod

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1313123.cms

http://www.hindu.com/2005/12/01/stories/2005120101131300.htm

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.

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The above is a good idea. But why not such universities in other backward areas of India, especially in district clusters that are labelled backward (such as KBK).

See

http://planningcommission.nic.in/plans/planrel/pl50ndc/orissa.pdf

(Note KBK is not in the above list probably because KBK comes under a special category already and is covered by RTLAP)

http://www.mapsofindia.com/economy/backward-district-of-india.html

http://planningcommission.nic.in/plans/stateplan/guid_rsvy.pdf

http://www.iipsindia.org/rp%5Chd%5Cchep4.pdf

http://lists.cs.columbia.edu/pipermail/ornet/2005-April/009764.html


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