Lucknow: The Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Dr Dinesh Sharma said that three important amendments have been made in the ‘Uttar Pradesh Private Universities Act, 2019’ (Uttar Pradesh Act No. 12 of 2019).
The Deputy Chief Minister said that in the amended Act, permission has been given to the universities established in the private sector to set up ‘off-campus centres’. The ‘off-campus centres’ will be operated as a constituent unit of the private university. That private university will not have the right to give affiliation to them.
Permission to set up ‘off-campus centers’ in addition to the main campus to private sector universities will result in an increase in the number of higher educational institutions as per the requirement of the New Education Policy-2020. The New Education Policy-2020 includes the establishment of at least one higher educational institution in or near each district, increasing the gross enrollment rate and providing institutional autonomy to higher educational institutions.
It has been provided in the amended Act that permission has been granted to establish a private university on the availability of land according to the name of the colleges. Such land, which is in the name of the college, shall be deemed to be held by the sponsoring institution of the university and shall be deemed to be held by the sponsoring institution for the establishment of the university under the provisions of the Private Universities Act, 2019.
The first Statutes of Universities established or incorporated under the Private Universities Act, 2019 will be made by the Executive Council and the first Statutes made by the University will not need to be approved by the State Government and the Universities will have autonomy in making Statutes.