Recently, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal for incurring an expenditure not exceeding INR 3,000 crore during the Eleventh Five-Year Plan Period for setting up of 13 new central universities. Three state universities are to be converted into central universities within this plan.
16 Central Universities were established in the various States by the Central Universities Act, 2009. While 13 of them are new Central Universities, three have been established by conversion of the erstwhileState Universities into Central Universities. This will increase access and enhance quality of higher education in the country.