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Union Government exempts educational institutions from prior green nod

Union Government has exempted builders from obtaining prior green nod for construction of Universities, School, College and Hostel facilities.

In this regard Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has issued a circular to exempt green nod for educational institutions provided they should follow sustainable environment practises of construction.

These educational institutions are exempted from prior green nod under the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006 subject to sustainable environmental management.

Besides, educational institutes MoEFCC has exempted builders from obtaining prior green nod for construction of industrial sheds. It also exempts godowns and buildings which are connected with production related and other associated activities of the unit in the same premise. It should be noted that industrial sheds as per this circular is a facility being used for keeping plant and machinery of industrial units.

Interestingly, in this circular MoEFCC had clarified that prior environment clearance is mandatorily required for construction of Medical Universities and institutes having hospital facilities.

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Union Cabinet gives nod to 6 new IIMs

Union Cabinet has approved setting up 6 new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in the country.

Decision in this regard was taken Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Now the total strength of IIMs increases to 19 from 13.

These new IIMs will be located at Bodh Gaya (Bihar), Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra), Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh), Amritsar (Punjab) and Sambalpur (Odisha).

These IIMs will begin functioning from temporary campuses and their first academic session will commence from 2015-16 with an intake of 140 students in the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) courses. The students will be get admissions to these institutes through Common Aptitude Test (CAT).

Background

In Union Budget 2015, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced a proposal for the setting up of five new IIMs in the country.  Apart from them an additional IIM was also proposed for Andhra Pradesh in line with Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

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