Women’s univ project in Rae Bareli shelved
The draft bill was cleared by Union cabinet in July 2013 to build the university with an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore in Rae Bareli.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s aim to build the country’s first Central university for women in Rae Bareli, named after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, has been put on the back burner by NDA government. The dream project of UPA government is “no longer under consideration”, Minister of State for HRD Ram Shankar Katheria has said.
On constant pursuance by UPA government before Lok Sabha elections, the Uttar Pradesh government had identified 135 acres of land in Harchandpur area of Rae Bareli for the university and had also informed the then HRD Ministry about it. However, not getting any response for the past one year under the NDA regime, the Uttar Pradesh Higher Education Department wrote to HRD ministry about the status of the University so that it can decide what to do with the identified land. But there has been no response yet from the Ministry, sources said.
Since ‘The Indira Gandhi National University for Women’s Bill, 2013′ lapsed with the end of the last Lok Sabha, HRD Ministry would now have to come up with a fresh bill. The draft bill was cleared by Union cabinet in July 2013 to build the university with an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore in Rae Bareli and with the objective to provide avenues of higher education and research facilities to the women.
The University was supposed to have an all-India character. Thus the admission of students as well as recruitment of faculty was to be made on all-India basis.
When asked, Union Minister of state for HRD, Ram Shankar Katheria said, “A fresh Bill would have to be taken up but it is no longer under consideration. As for future, time would tell whether it would be considered or not but as I said, it is no where under consideration at present,” said Katheria.
Sonia Gandhi had announced the first National Women’s University in Rae Bareli in 2012 during a visit to her constituency. Since the University would have to be established by an Act, the draft was cleared by the cabinet in July 2013. The Bill was listed to be taken up in the last session of the Parliament in February 2014 on the last day, but could not be taken up due to some ruckus.
Source:: Indian Express