Union Minister of State for Human Resources D Purandeswari introduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday providing for the establishment of a Central university each in 12 states and giving the status of Central university to a few existing varsities .
The Bill would benefit Bihar,Gujarat,Haryana,Himachal Pradesh,Jammu and Kashmir,Jharkhand,Karnataka,Kerala,Orissa,Punjab,Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. It would also facilitate the conversion of three universities,Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya in Chhattisgarh,Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya in Madhya Pradesh and Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna University in Uttarakhand to Central universities.
Rising on a point of order,Varkala Radhakrishnan of the CPI(M) opposed the withdrawal of the 2008-version of the Bill. Pointing at the promulgation of an ordinance ahead of the session,he said if an emergency situation prevailed,it was due to the executive. The Government,according to him,had made legislature a rubber-stamp of the executive. The minister said the Government had to go in for an ordinance due to the impending academic session.
Thereafter,the minister was granted leave by the House to introduce the Bill.