HP to decongest growth of private varsities: Dhumal



Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister today assured the state assembly that the government would regulate mushrooming of private universities by relocating upcoming private institutions to other areas of the state as most of them are right now coming up in and around Solan.

While intervening in the discussion over Mahrishi Markendaishwer University (Establishment & Regulation) Bill 2010 in the Assembly today, Dhumal accepted that most of the universities were coming in Solan district. He said that the government would not close the gates for private institutions who want to invest in the sector as it wants to unburden itself by sharing the responsibility with private players.

He said that the government would stress upon new aspirants to set up universities in Chamba and Bilaspur district in particular. He said that one university could also accommodate in Sirmaur district, where on such institution is already functioning. He said that Mahrishi Markendaishwer University would impart education in field of health and medical services and the group has already one such institution in Haryana.

Rejecting the opposition members’ concern over quality of education being imparted by private institutions in the state, Dhumal said that a regulatory commission was being set  up in the state, which would address the concern of members. Accepting that some complaints have been pouring in from students and parents, Dhumal said that no one can deny from such complaints and the complaints would be probed.

Earlier replying to the discussion on the Mahrishi Markendaishwer University (Establishment and Regulation)Bill 2010, Education Minister Ishwar Dass Dhiman said that Congress members indulged in double-speaking on the matter. He alleged that during the Congress rules, 72 private BEd (bachelor of Education) schools had been set up while they had been blaming the previous BJP-HVC government for setting up 14 private BEd  colleges.

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