The state government is planning to open private professional colleges for admissions to students from outside Gujarat from the next academic year,in order to fill the seats lying vacant for long.
State education department has prepared The Gujarat Technical Educational Colleges or Institutions(Regulations of Admission and Fixation of fees) (Amendment) Bill,2012,which will be tabled in the state Assembly in the upcoming Budget Session starting from Thursday.
State Education Minister Ramanlal Vora noted in the draft Bill,that the number of approved seats in the professional courses in Gujarat had significantly increased during the last 10 years and the Bill intended to fill the gap between demand and supply.
In the last two-three years,a considerable number of seats remained vacant in some disciplines after the completion of the admission process in professional courses. At the same time,neighbouring states like Rajasthan and Maharashtra as well as states like Tamil Nadu,Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have been allowing students from other states since long. Hence,to fill vacant seats and improve competitiveness of our students,it is necessary to provide admission to the students from other states within the limits as may be decided by the state government from time to time in unaided colleges or institutions of the state, the minister noted.
The other key Bills to be moved this session include the Gujarat Trusts (Repeal) Bill,2012, which seeks to annual the controversial Act passed by the Assembly last year putting strict control over the functioning of pubic trusts. Powerful religious trusts bitterly opposed to the new Act had threatened agitation.
Other Bills lined up are Bhavnagar University (Amendment bill),2012 to change Bhavnagar Universitys name to Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University,Vir Narmad South Gujarat University (Amendment) Bill,2012 to correct the spelling of Vir to Veer,Kadi Sarva Vishwavidyalaya(Amendment) Bill,2012 to allow six private colleges to affiliate with the university and Institute of Infrastructure,Technology,Research and Management Bill,2012, for starting a private university in Maninagar area of Ahmedabad.