New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) Parliament has approved Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Bill, 2007 with the Lok Sabha today passing the Bill, aimed at facilitating and promoting avenues of higher education and research facilities for tribal population amid demand from several members for rechristening the University after freedom fighter and tribal leader Birsa Munda.
The Bill has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha.
Winding up the debate on the Bill, Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandeswari said the proposed university would be entirely devoted to the tribals' cause and carry out study and research.
To be located at Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh, the University with nation-wide jurisdiction would open up its regional centres in the due course.
The Minister said the University would benefit the tribal population of several states, including that of Orissa, Jharkhand and others in the deep south.
Special rules and regulations would be framed to take up the tribals on the University's governing body.
Along with raising the demand for change in the name of University the members sought wider representation for tribals on its management and faculty besides reserving more than 70 per cent seats for the tribal students.
Those who participated in the debate included Mr C K Chandrappan (CPI), Mr Giridhar Gomango (Cong), Mr Ram Chand Murmur (JMM), Mr Dhan Singh Rawat (BJP), Mr T Mania (Cong), Mr V Radhakrishanan (CPI-M) and Mr Brajesh Tripathi (BJP).