RS passes Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Bill 2007

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New Delhi, Dec 3 (UNI) The Rajya Sabha today passed the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Bill, 2007, for the tribal population of the country, which will be set up in Amarkantak district of Madhya Pradesh, for ensuring them higher education, research facilities and overall development.

Replying to a debate, Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh said in the House that future generations will benefit from this university and prosper in life.

He also made it clear that the Government has not brought this Bill for cheap publicity for election purposes neither to create any illusion for any purpose.

''I know the hardships of the tribal people and we should not create any problem for them if we cannot subtract the same'', the Minister said.

The Madhya Pradesh Government has given 300 acres of land for establishing the Tribal University in Amarkantak and also making three-lane road and other required infrastructure.

He said we have to be careful while selecting syllabus and not replicate other universities. Having a Vice Chancellor is not enough, it is important to have able people to run this university.

The Minister said naming the University after Mrs Indira Gandhi occured naturally to me as she had done a lot for the uplift of tribals. There are famous tribal leaders who had also laid down their lives for the freedom of the country. Their names could be used by the State Governments when opening such universities, he added.

While piloting the Bill, Human Resource Minister Arjun Singh said access to educational facilities for the vast tribal population in the country was very limited and tribal youth faced disadvantages in higher studies leading to low educational and economic status of the tribal communities. There was high concentration of tribal population in North-Eastern states and the areas comprising of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

The North-East had a good number of Central Universities specifically catering to the tribal population in the area and thus Madhya Pradesh happened to be a good centre for housing the campus.

The Bill provides Rs 60 crore of non-recurring expenses and 12 crore of recurring expenses during the 11th plan period and the expenditure would be met from the Consolidated Fund of India through budgetary provisions under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development.

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