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Funds hope for Kolhan colleges

Kolhan University has asked its affiliated and constituent colleges to submit plans for infrastructure development under Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan.

The cradles received letters from the varsity last week, asking them to submit proposals to boost infrastructure on campus. Each college is eligible for receiving funds up to Rs 2 crore.

While 65 per cent of the budget allocated will be provided by the Centre, the remaining will be borne by the state government.

Asked how funds sanctioned under the Abhiyan were different from UGC grants, a senior varsity official clarified that only a handful of universities and colleges fulfilled criteria for the latter.

In contrast, the Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan funds were meant for all.

“Only a limited number of institutions which comply with sections 12B and 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956, are eligible for grants. This excludes 33 per cent of state universities and 51 per cent of the colleges under such universities. Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan covers all institutions,” he explained.

He added that they had asked colleges to submit their proposals within a week. “We expect that they will think of good ways to boost infrastructure,” the official said.

Jamshedpur Workers’ College in Mango has come up with a green idea for infrastructure development.

The institution wants to introduce solar lights on campus. Besides being an eco-friendly energy solution, the move will help tackle frequent loadshedding, especially during summer. A meeting of college staff has been called on Friday to finalise the plans.

The proposal will then be sent to the university, which will forward it to the state.

“We do have a three-storey hostel and other plans in mind. But, we feel that the green energy initiative will set an example for others. Since installing a solar system is a Herculean task and needs adequate investment, we will propose this,” said D.P. Shukla, principal of Jamshedpur Workers’ College.

Union ministry of human resources development launched Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan in 2013 under the 12th Five Year Plan. The objective was to improve the overall standard of institutions of higher studies, ensure academic reforms and facilitate research activities and innovation.