UP govt to set up varsity for disabled in the capital

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Lucknow, Jun 7 (UNI) Rescinding its earlier decision of roping in private party for setting up a University for the Disabled, Uttar Pradesh government today decided to do it on its own in case of unavailability of proper private player.

A decision to this effect was taken here at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mayawati.

The Cabinet, in the process, withdrew its ealrier decision of giving 71.471 acre free land to Dr Shakuntala Mishra Memorial Service Trust for setting up the varsity for Disabled in Lucknow.

Incidentally, the trust was named after mother of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, but the Cabinet decided to name the proposed university after Shakuntala Mishra.

Making this announcement at a press conference, Chief Minister Ms Mayawati said such decision was taken after receiving a letter from the trust expressing its inability to go ahead with the project.

Coming out in defence of the party general secretary, Ms Mayawati said that some vested interest had raised the issue in an unpleasant manner as it involved Mr Mishra's name.

''The government fully knew the credentials of the trust and the great service late Shakuntala Mishra had done to society,'' she said.

UNI SB JAS AM HT1905

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