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India to have 278 new universities: Higher Education Secretary

Source : Economic Times
Nov 27, 2013

BANGALORE: The Centre plans to create 278 new universities and 388 colleges, Higher Education Secretary in the HRD Ministry Ashok Thakur said today. 

 

"We will be creating about 278 new universities and 388 new colleges. Some of these colleges will be motivated to become universities", he said at an all India conference of higher education ministers on Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), a flagship scheme of the UPA government. 

 

Addressing the gathering and later talking to reporters, Union HRD Minister M M Raju said the Centre proposes to spend Rs 22,500 crore in the 12th plan under RUSA, which is aimed at improving funding at the state level for higher education. 

 

Thakur cautioned the State governments against falling into the trap of encouraging setting up of private universities, most of which are proposed to be promoted by people who do not have a background in the education sector. 


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