In order to set-up two new universities in the State, the Gujarat government is taking to ordinance. In addition, it will bring changes in the geographical territories of Gujarat University (GU) and Sardar Patel University (SPU).
Media reports state that the government has decided to bring four ordinances shortly regarding the four universities. The government has decided to exclude Kheda, Anand, Panchmahal districts from the affiliation territory of GU.The new university in Junagadh will have jurisdiction over Junagadh, Gir-Somanth, Porbandar and Amreli districts, while the university in Godhra will have jurisdiction over Panchmahal, Dahod, Mahisagar and Chotta Udepur districts.
“At present, Vallabh Vidyanagar-based SPU can affiliate institutions in its 8-km periphery. By the ordinance, the government will amend the SPU Act and expand its jurisdiction to whole of Kheda and Anand districts. In the process, 22 institutes under GU will come under SPU,” a media report states.
It further states the state education department has been asked to start the process of appointment of vice-chancellors, registrars, academic and administrative staff for the two new universities. Allocation of land and financial resources is under way.