Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed by Parliament

Central Universities (Amendment) Bill 2019, for establishing a Central University and Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh has been passed by both the houses of Parliament.

The Bill seeks to amend Central Universities Act, 2009, which establishes universities for teaching and research in various states. Moreover, establishment of a Central University and Central Tribal University in State of Andhra Pradesh is obligatory under Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019

It provides for establishment of two central universities in Andhra Pradesh to be known as

  1. Central University of Andhra Pradesh
  2. Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh- It will offer research facilities in fields of art, culture and technology to the tribal population. It will also take additional measures for providing higher educational and research facilities in tribal art, culture, and customs primarily to tribal population of India.

The universities would be set up in next 4 years.

Funds: Government has set aside Rs.450 crore for 1st stage of Central University project against total amount of Rs.902.07 crore and Rs.420 crore for Tribal University against an outlay of Rs.836 crore.

Significance: Currently, there is no Central University in State of Andhra Pradesh while all the other States (except Goa) have one or more Central University.

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