The Government will be taking the Ordinance route to set up 12 new Central Universities and upgrade another three existing varsities in time for the next academic session,the Union Cabinet decided on Friday.
While the new Universities will be set up in Bihar,Gujarat,Haryana,Himachal Pradesh,Jammu and Kashmir,Jharkhand,Karnataka,Kerala,Orissa,Punjab,Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu,those set to be upgraded and converted into Central Universities are the Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya in Madhya Pradesh,the Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya in Chhattisgarh and the Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Srinagar,Uttarakhand.
Goa University and Panjab University will not be getting Central University status now after the respective state Governments asked for maintenance of status quo.
The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has issued a statement saying that the proposed Ordinance would contain all the provisions of the Central Universities Bill,2008 pending in the Lok Sabha,with such changes as may be necessary to implement the accepted recommendations of the departmental Parliamentary Standing Committee.
As a number of preparatory steps are required to be taken for operationalising the proposed Central Universities for the next academic session and Parliament is not in session,the Government has decided to recommend to the President an Ordinance under article 123 of the Constitution for the establishment and incorporation of the proposed Universities, the statement said.
The Central Universities Bill,2008 was introduced in the Lok Sabha in December 2008 but could not be passed by the Parliament then.