Central Universities Act 2009 Current Affairs - 2019

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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.

Hasmukh Adhia Appointed as Chancellor of Gujarat Central University

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the appointment of former finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia as the chancellor of Gujarat Central University. He will hold the post for a period of five years.

Hasmukh Adhia was a Gujarat cadre IAS officer and was appointed as the secretary in the Department of Financial Services after then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi took charge as the Prime Minister in 2014.

Central University

Central Universities were established in India under the Central Universities Act 2009. The Act provided for the establishment of one new central university each in Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

The act also sought to convert  Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyala in Chhattisgarh, Harisingh Gour Vishwavidhalaya in Sagar (Madhya Pradesh) and Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Uttarakhand into Central universities.

The Central Universities were established by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development to address regional imbalances in higher educational facilities in states and 16 states were identified for the establishment of central universities.

Further, through the Central universities Amendment Act 2014 another central university was established at Bihar and another Central University was established in Andhra Pradesh in 2018.