Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2021: The Indian Parliament, on 9th August 2021, passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2021 amid an opposition walkout.
- The Bill in the Upper House was passed with a voice vote.
- It seeks to establish a central university in the Union Territory of Ladakh.
- The bill was cleared by Lok Sabha last week.
- According to the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill, at present, there is no Central university in Ladakh and therefore, the government has decided to establish a new one there to ensure an increase in accessibility and quality of higher education and research for the people of the Union territory.
- It also aims to facilitate and promote avenues of higher education and research for the people of the Union territory.
- As per the statement of objects, the Bill seeks to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009, to provide for the establishment of a university named “Sindhu Central University” in Ladakh.
- The varsity is intended to cater to other areas of the UT including Leh and Kargil.
- The government had said that the varsity is likely to reduce the imbalance in the Education sector of the region and provide opportunities to the students belonging to the UT of Ladakh to pursue higher educational opportunities.
- An amount of Rs. 750 crore has been allocated by the government for the establishment of the central varsity in which nearly 2,500 students will get an opportunity to study in their own city.