Patna, Sept. 10: Amity Global Business School would open the account of private universities in the state, hitherto untapped by education sector biggies.
The global player having campuses in Noida, Lucknow, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Gwalior and Dubai would set up the seat of learning — Amity University Bihar — at Dumri (Bihta), barely 40km from here. Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (Biada) has handed over 10 acres of land to the group for setting up the varsity.
The decision of Amity to set up the private university in the state came within a week of Governor D.Y. Patil giving his assent to the Private Universities Bill, passed in the Assembly in the first week of August.
Confirming the land transfer to Amity, Biada managing director Deepak Singh said: “We acquired 10 acres of land and handed it over to Amity for the construction of Amity University Bihar.”
Shubhadeep Chakraborty, a faculty member of Amity, told The Telegraph: “The construction work of the first private university would commence by December-end. Once developed, Amity University Bihar would be a world-class institution offering engineering, medical, management, humanities and nano-science courses under one roof.”
Education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha said: “The state education department would issue a notification with regard to setting up of private universities very soon.”
Once notified, an expert committee would examine the expression of interest of Amity and other private players. Upon its approval, a letter of intent would be issued, added Sinha.
Besides Amity, several private varsities, including Sikkim Manipal University and Symbiosis University, are planning to set up their campuses in the state.
Students are excited over the possibility of private universities making foray into the state.
Satyaveer Singh, a postgraduate final-year psychology student of Patna University, said: “The state government’s decision to set up private universities is a good step because the academic atmosphere in the state universities is worsening every day.”
Education minister P.K. Shahi appeared to have an inkling about the students’ feeling when he openly batted in favour of opening private universities in the state. He had pointed out that private universities would meet the huge demand for varsities among the state’s robust youth population.
Hundreds of students from Bihar go to other states every year to pursue higher education.
Federation of University Service Teachers’ Association of Bihar is, however, opposed to private universities. The association president, Ram Jatan Sinha, said: “The state government’s decision to set up private universities is an attempt to wash its hands of higher education. The private universities will cater to the needs of students from the higher income group. Students from lower income group would be deprived of studying in such universities.”