New Delhi, Jul 12: The Lok Sabha on Friday approved by a voice vote establishment of a Central University and a Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh which was obligatory under the 2014 Act which had bifurcated the state.
The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 seeks to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009.
At present, there is no Central University in Andhra Pradesh while all other states, except Goa, have one or more.
As per Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill, the establishment of one Central University and one Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh will increase access and quality of higher education and also facilitate and promote avenues of higher education and research facilities for the people of the state.
''Further, the Tribal University will promote advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities in tribal art, culture and customs and advancement in technology to the tribal population of India. Apart from being focused to the tribal education, the Central Tribal University shall carry out all educational and other activities like any other Central University. ''
Replying to the one-and-a-half hour debate, Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said the Modi dispensation had opened IIT, NIT, IIIT and other educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh.The Minister also assured that the teacher vacancies will be filled within the next six months.
He said the Government is committed to take Jawaharlal Nehru University to new heights and there was no question of its isolation from the rest of the nation
Taking part in the discussion, Bharatiya Janata Party's Rajiv Pratap Rudy said private coaching institutions have witnessed a compounded growth of 35 per cent.
He demanded that Jai Prakash University and Patna University be granted central university status.
Congress member Suresh Kodikunnil said the budget allocation on education has been reduced by the present government.Lavu Sri Krishna Devarayalu, YSRCP, said more funds should be allocated for Central universities.He said there should be more courses in the Central universities. (UNI)