The Gujarat Legislature passed a law sanctioning seven new private universities in the state, paving the way for the state’s first all-female university, State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasam said.
Other bills passed by the House included instructing Ayurveda, homeopathy and naturopathic universities to fill 15 percent of government reserved seats based on a central list of unsupported income.
Gujarat’s Private Universities (Amendment) Act was passed by majority vote, while Gujarat’s Universities or Institutions Providing Professional Medical Education (Admissions and Fees Regulation) Act (Amendment) and Gujarat’s Panchayats Act (amendment) were approved unanimously.
Gujarat’s Private Universities Bill (Amendment) aims to add seven new private universities to the state and change the sponsoring body of an existing private university.
“For the first time, Gujarat will have a university exclusively for women called Vanita Vishram Women’s University,” Chudasama said when introducing the bill.
Other provisions of the law were amended to “ensure transparent work and good governance in the education sector while minimizing the burden of law enforcement.”
“Out of 11 universities in 2001, there are now 83 universities in Gujarat, including those that are specific to certain sectors,” Chudasama said.
Gujarat Professional Medical Education Colleges or Institutions (Admissions and Fees Ordinance) (Amendment) oblige colleges or institutions not assisted in Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Naturopathy disciplines to occupy 15% of government positions on the basis of a list of merits established by the central government agency. .
This step is necessary due to the regulation of the centralized councils for admission to AYUSH under the UG and PG courses, Health Minister Nitin Patel said when introducing the bill.
“This means that 889 of the 5,929 total positions in 65 of these institutes in Gujarat will be filled through the central quota,” he said.