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Funds boost to higher studies
- College, varsity heads to chalk out plan

Students can soon expect better infrastructure in universities and colleges across the state.

Under the Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyaan, the institutions would be given Rs 400 crore to revamp infrastructure and boost academic development. The newly constituted state higher education council would monitor and execute the development.

In a meeting of the higher education council on Wednesday attended by education minister Brishen Patel, vice-chancellors (VCs) and college heads were directed to submit their development plan by June 16.

Kameshwar Jha, a faculty member of LN Mithila University and the councils vice-chairperson, said: A document having 18 points has been prepared for different universities and colleges.

Jha said few points under the proforma include creation of universities by upgrading existing autonomous colleges.

The council also stressed on creation of separate universities by forming a cluster of colleges. In such a situation, big universities can be bifurcated. The council, in its meeting, also stressed on upgrading colleges as model colleges.

The council members also raised the issue of giving importance to research innovation and quality improvement. The Rs 400 crore funds for a period of four years would be released to different universities and colleges only on the basis of utilisation certificate submitted by institution to maintain transparency.

The fund would be borne by the Centre and state governments in the ratio of 65:35. However, the council would plead with Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan officials to change the Centre:state ratio to 90:10, as 27 districts in state are backward.

The council also stressed on introduction of management information system where colleges or universities accounts will be managed by trained accountants, to make the funds utilisation process transparent.

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