ITANAGAR, Sep 29: With the govt’s PPP policy in place, the State is poised to see two more universities with the passing of two important education Bills – ‘The Himalayan University, Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh) Bill-2012’ and ‘The Apex Professional University Bill-2012’ – in an “amended” form by the State Legislative Assembly on Saturday following suggestions from its members.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram, while moving the first Bill for consideration and passing, said with a view to encourage private sector to participate in the field of higher education, it was decided to establish the Himalayan University at Itanagar so as to provide the students and teachers the necessary atmosphere and facilities for the promotion of innovations, leading to proper structuring of courses, new methods of teaching and learning and integral development of personality.
In respect of the second Bill, he said that the Apex Professional University to be established at Pasighat seeks to accelerate the gross enrolment ratio in the higher education sector, which presently stands at 8.5% in the State. The university focuses on teaching, research and development in the field of professional education and skill development training for all round development of the State.
The Minister said, “We need to increase the scope for higher education for our young generation by providing them opportunity within the State in order to produce a pool of competent human resources and skilled manpower for State-building.”
Allaying concerns expressed by members and also welcoming their suggestions for proper review & scrutiny on some clauses, he said that the Bill has been examined at all levels. Established provisions & safeguards are in place to check any misuse by unscrupulous organizations/elements. Further, State govt has the power to carry out supervisory & monitoring role. If any University violates laid down guidelines of UGC & provisions under AP State Council for Technical Education Act & AP Higher Education Act, the functioning of the University can be dissolved /stopped, he assured.
Participating in the discussion, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that there was growing need for such steps in a competitive world adding that we need to catch up with rest of the world for the benefit of our younger generation. He informed that State like Sikkim has more than 7 Universities. However, Tuki said that we have to ensure quality education & ensure that rules & regulations are complied.
The two Bills were passed unanimously with modification/amendment of the clause 41 of The Himalayan University, Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh) Bill, 2012 and clause 59 of The Apex Professional University Bill, 2012.
Earlier, MLA Tani Loffa welcomed the Bills which he felt would enable many students to pursue affordable quality higher education in the state as our parents have to incur enormous expenses for their wards studying outside the state. Tako Dabii and Bamang Felix also took part in the discussion.
Assurance for balanced development
The day’s last business was a ‘private members’ resolution’ brought in by Bamang Felix demanding to provide special economic package for the non-border blocks in the State which was also adopted in its amended form.
The amended resolution stated, “The govt of AP take steps to pursue Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI to include & recognize all remaining non-border areas under the ambit of BADP in the larger interest for the overall development of Arunachal Pradesh”.
Taking part in the debate, Finance & Planning Minister Chowna Mein said that 39 blocks sharing international borders have been covered under BADP to bring development particularly in infrastructure and social sectors to bring those areas at par with foothill areas. He said lack of development in border areas is encouraging migration to foothill & urban areas, thus depopulating those border block. Mein said State govt is committed to a balanced & equitable development in all the blocks & each and every part of the state.
Several members – Gadam Ete, Tani Loffa, Tapuk Taku, P D Sona, Tapen Siga, Ralom Borang, J K Panggeng also took part in the discussion.
At the close of day’s proceedings, Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowandong adjourned the House sine-die. (With inputs from DIPR)