Gujarat House passes bill sanctioning 7 new private varsities
AHMEDABAD [Maha Media]: The Gujarat Legislative Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill sanctioning seven new private universities in the state which will pave the way for the first all-women varsity in the state, Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasam said.
Other bills cleared by the House included mandating unaided Ayurveda, Homoeopathy and Naturopathy colleges to fill in 15 per cent government reserved seats based on a Central merit list. The Gujarat Private Universities (Amendment) Bill was passed by a majority vote, while Gujarat Professional Medical Education Colleges or Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fees) (Amendment) Bill and Gujarat Panchayats (Amendment) Bill was passed unanimously.
The Gujarat Private Universities (Amendment) Bill seeks to include seven new private universities in the state and to change the sponsoring body of an existing private university. "For the first time, Gujarat will get a women-only university named 'Vanita Vishram Women's University," Chudasama said while tabling the bill. Other provisions of the Act were amended to "have transparent working and good governance in the education sector by minimising the regulatory compliance burden". "From 11 universities in 2001, there are now 83 universities in Gujarat, including those specific to certain sectors," Chudasama said.
The Gujarat Professional Medical Education Colleges or Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fees) (Amendment) Bill mandates unaided colleges or institutions in the disciplines of Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, and Naturopathy to fill in15 per cent of government seats based on a merit list prepared by the Central government authority.