Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, has informed the Lok Sabha that in last two years, 53 Private Universities have come up in different parts of the country.
As per University Grants Commission data (UGC), there are 145 Private Universities established by the Acts of the Legislatures of different States in India. Rajasthan has the maximum number of Private Universities, with 25. While, there are no Private Universities in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, and Tamil Nadu, nor in any of the union territories.
“The affairs of the Private Universities are regulated by the University Grants Commission as per the provisions contained in the UGC (Establishment of and Maintenance of Standards in Private Universities) Regulations, 2003 and by other statutory regulatory bodies of the Central Government or State Governments concerned,” informed the Minister.
Tharoor further added, “The Government has introduced the Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical Educational Institutions, Medical Educational Institutions and Universities Bill, 2010 and the National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational Institutions Bill, 2010 for the control of unfair practices and the maintenance of standards in Higher Educational Institutions including Private Universities in Parliament.”