16 More Central Univs On Way : HRD

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New Delhi, Oct 3 (UNI) As many as 16 more Central universities will be set up across India, raising their number to 36, it was announced today.

The Human Resource Development Ministry's announcement followed a Union Cabinet approval of a move to set up 12 new such universitioes and convert four existing State universities.

It listed Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu as the States where new CUs will be set up.

It said the campuses will be established at such locations within each State as may be notified by the Central government.

Dr Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttarakhand and Goa University, Goa will be converted into CUs, it said.

The Government proposes to introduce the Central Universities Bill 2008 in Parliament during the forthcoming session, the Ministry said.

A CU is formed through an Act of Parliament by the Central government responsible for arranging, allocating and distributing funds required by the University Grants Commission for the purpose.

India's President acts as the Visitor for all CUs and is assisted by the HRD Ministry in appointing Vice Chancellors.

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