53 private universities opened in last two years

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource
Development, has informed the Lok Sabha that in last two years, 53 Private Universities
have come up in different parts of the country.

As per University Grants Commission data (UGC), there are 145
Private Universities established by the Acts of the Legislatures of different
States in India. Rajasthan has the maximum number of Private Universities, with
25. While, there are no Private Universities in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal
Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, and Tamil Nadu, nor in any
of the union territories.

“The affairs of the
Private Universities are regulated by the University Grants Commission as
per the provisions contained in the UGC (Establishment of and Maintenance of
Standards in Private Universities) Regulations, 2003 and by other statutory
regulatory bodies of the Central Government or State Governments concerned,”
informed the Minister.

Tharoor further added, “The Government has introduced the
Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical Educational Institutions, Medical
Educational Institutions and Universities Bill, 2010 and the National
Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational Institutions Bill,
2010 for the control of unfair practices and the maintenance of standards in
Higher Educational Institutions including Private Universities in Parliament.”

By IER Staff

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