Jharkhand to set up Techincal University

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The state government has drafted a Technical University Bill that would be tabled soon

Jharkhand will soon boast of a separate university to deal with all technical education like engineering and medical courses

Presently, these institutes are affiliated to the universities which also look after general degree and postgraduate courses. The State government has drafted a long-awaited Technical University Bill that would be tabled in the ensuing winter session of the state Assembly.

The draft of the bill has been forwarded to the cabinet co-ordination department for approval to set the ball rolling for the technical university from the next academic session.

The technical university bill was forwarded to the cabinet for comprehensive discussion again after nine months.

The proposal was mooted by the Science and Technology department during the previous stint of the Sibu Soren Government. However, it could not see the light of the day because of the sudden collapse of the government.

“As we were preparing to forward it the governor’s advisory council for approval, the Arjun Munda government was installed. Since the idea to set up a technical university was conceived by Munda, we firmly believe that the bill will not face too many hurdles,” said a senior official of the science and technology department.

All the engineering colleges in the state will be affiliated to the proposed varsity that will be based in Namkum on the outskirts of the state capital.

At present, Jharkhand has one state-run engineering college and nine private engineering colleges. Two more government-run engineering colleges will become functional from next year.

Sources said that once the proposed bill is passed by the Assembly, decks will also be cleared for setting up more engineering colleges across the state on a public-private partnership basis.

In the recent past, subsidiaries of Coal India Limited (CIL) have agreed in principle to set up engineering and medical colleges in their domains. Several other industrial houses willing to invest in Jharkhand or having establishments in the state have also offered to pitch in regarding the same.

Science and technology minister Chandra Prakash Choudhary said land was available with the state to set up the university. After the bill is passed in the Assembly, the government will float tenders for building the infrastructure for the varsity. “Initially, the varsity might function in a rented house, but we prepared a blueprint to make it functional soon,” he said.

The chief minister said a decision on holding the winter session of the Assembly would be taken after the panchayat elections were over.