Thursday, August 02, 2007


TOI: Special plan envisages setting up of 30 Central Universities

Times of India, Aug 2, 2007

NEW DELHI: In a major rollout for high and technical education, Planning Commission has proposed a seven-year special plan (2007-14) which includes setting up eight new IITs, seven new IIMs, 20 NITs, 20 IIITs and 50 centres for training and research in frontier areas.

Of the IITs, three have already been cleared and one IIM at Shillong has received the green signal. The seven-year special plan for higher and technical education would start in the 11th Plan and spill over to the next without being diluted. The plan panel has proposed a funding of Rs 1.31 lakh crore for the seven year plan.

The full Planning Commission will discuss the proposal threadbare when it meets on August 6 to deliberate exclusively on the impetus that should be delivered to education for the 11th Plan.

The special plan envisages setting up of 30 central universities. One central university will be located in each of the 16 uncovered states while 14 new ones of world class will come up in states which provide land free of cost in attractive locations.

These universities will have various schools including medical and engineering institutions. Also, 370 new degree colleges in districts with low gross enrolment ratio would be established and 6,000 colleges would be strengthened.
In the field of technical education, the seven-year plan talks of expansion and upgradation of 200 technical institutions in various states. There is also a plan to upgrade seven technical universities which include Bengal Engineering College, Howrah, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Andhra University Engineering College, Vishakapatnam, University Engineering College, Osmania University, Jadavpur University, Institute of Technology BHU and Zakir Husain College of Engineering & Technology, AMU.

Apart from eight IITs and seven IIMs, there is a plan to have five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, two Schools of Planning and Architecture, 20 National Institutes of Technology, 20 Indian Institutes of Information Technology and 50 centres of training and research in frontier areas.

The central assistance under the special plan has a very strong reform component and looks up to states to agree for a minimum set of reforms to restructure higher education system covering admission, revision in curricula, collaboration with foreign universities and networking.

Anil Agrawal - Owner Vedanta Group,Erstwhile Balco and now Sterlite,Korba,Chhattisgarh

Raman Singh- Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

Nexus- Both exploiting the Indigenous People of Chhattisgarh

Facts- Vedanta Group sold electricity to the State Government at higher rates on the pretext that they have to Import coal.
Its been three years and not a single piece of coal has been imported.

Thousands of acres of land has been forcefully occupied by the Vedanta Group at Korba but State Government has not taken any action so far.Is it because Electricity Department is under Raman Singh?????

Today 08/08/07 foundation is being laid for Vedanta Groups Cancer Hospital and Research Center at Raipur

and also a MOU is being signed by Vedanta Group with the State Government for the expansion of their Balco Unit

at Korba.

Irony- Produce Cancer Patients by polluting the environment at Korba and then send them to their Cancer Hospital at Raipur
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