The University Grants Commission (UGC) has proposed to set-up 20 exclusive universities for women in order to improve female participation in higher education. The apex regulator is also planning to start 800 constituent colleges under the central varsities to ensure equity in access to quality education for fair sex.
Giving thrust to women's education, the plan document has proposed 20 universities facilitating their entry into higher education even from traditional background and rural and sub-urban areas. The Centre has proposed to fund their establishment while the state governments may provide the land and help to establish such universities, the document states while holding the idea was included "because the social dynamics of our system".
The document underlines the fact that certain sectors of our population are still not open to send girls to coeducational institutions in such a scenario these women universities "may act as a fillip to the participation of girls in higher education". Under the scheme, 20 colleges each will be set up in the respective states in the district headquarters, numbering to 800 new colleges in all.
"The colleges should be of international configuration in infrastructure, hostels, playground, library and technology-savvy classrooms, and to be 100% funded by the Centre as is presently followed in the case of the Delhi University," the document said.
[Source: Times of India]