Published On: Tue, Jul 31st, 2012

Planning Commission says ‘NO’ to New Universities in 12th Five Year Plan

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The Planning Commission has decided not to set up any new college and university in the 12th Plan period leaving aside the exceptional circumstances. The commission has advised for consolidation rather expansion in the 12th Plan period as there is already a huge liability expansion in the 11th Plan period. With that decision, ministry’s plans to set-up a central university in Uttar Pradesh, and in Maharashtra (Amravati), an IIT in Palakkad and another centrally-funded technical institute in Kerala have come to a halt.

As per the senior official in the planning commission, the 11th Plan had planned for large scale expansion of the higher education sector-30 central universities, 8 IITs, 8 IIMs, 10 National institutes of Technology, 20 Indian Institutes of Information Technology, 3 Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, 74 degree colleges in backward areas. The ministry needs to think through its proposals for setting up new central institutions. There is a serious resource crunch; the fact is that there are no funds for new institutions.

The ministry is now trying to come out with the criteria that would define the so called exceptional circumstances. Once it does so, it will re-submit the proposals. For the time being, the exceptional circumstances criterion appears to be a convenient way of putting proposals on the back burner. However, unwritten factors like pressure, or political contingency would clearly be explained away as exceptional circumstances.