The Bihar cabinet today gave its approval for creation of two new universities in the state at Patna and Purnea. A special meeting of the state cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, paved way for establishment of two new universities namely Patliputra University and Purnea University, official sources said.
Many colleges affiliated to B N Mandal University at present, would be brought under the new Purnea University. Colleges in Patna and Nalanda, presently under Magadh University, would be attached to Patliputra University, they said.
The cabinet gave its nod to eight proposals of different departments at the meeting. Among other agendas, the meeting approved a proposal to create four new posts in Home Guard Department, two commandants and as many deputy commandants. The state cabinet also gave its consent to set up a ‘Bihar Samvad Samiti’ which would take the government’s welfare programmes to people across the state.
As of now, Bihar has about about 25 UGC recognized universities and institutes of higher learning. These include the Nalanda University, Magadh University, Indian Institute of Technology, National Institute of Technology, Bihar Agricultural University, Chanakya National Law University, Patna University, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University, Nalanda Open University, Central University of Bihar, Jai Prakash University, etc.
Meanwhile, school education in Bihar was recently under the scanner following a controversy involving the state education board’s Class 12 examination toppers. Instances of mass cheating and toppers having used unfair means to pass the exams were brought to light. The controversy had caught national attention.
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