Bihar Will Have 24 More Varsities In The Very Near Future

Finally the Bihar Goernment has woken up and a move is afoot to reform the higher education sector.As per the news Bihar is likely to have two dozen more universities in the very near future if the government's move in that regard succeeds. This step will boost gross enrolment ratio in the state .Nowdays Bihari students are forced to seek admission outside the state .
It is well known and past experience has also shown that large universities have failed  to cope with the educational requirements of changing times.
At present, there are 12 universities, including Maulana Mazharul Haq Arabic and Persian University, Rajendra Agricultural University and K S D Sanskrit University in the stae.Until two decades back, the state had only six universities.

According to higher education director Sitaram Singh, since the existing universities are overburdened with the task of administering 50 to 60 colleges besides postgraduate departments, the colleges have failed to improve. The jurisdiction of Magadh University, having more than 100 colleges under it, extends from Mokama to Aurangabad, covering a distance of about 250km. It would be ideal if the university is split into at least three universities for ensuring better governance and academic development.

The government is likely to take up the expansion plan of the universities in phases. First, Magadh University would be split into two or three universities. All the MU colleges located in Patna may be brought under a new university. Subsequently B R A Bihar University-Muzaffarpur, L N Mithila University-Darbhanga and T M Bhagalpur University-Bhagalpur would also be split.
The government is also contemplating development of some colleges as "autonomous colleges" with a view to facilitating their academic growth. It has  already decided to develop 50 select colleges into "centres of excellence" by granting them substantial funds for infrastructure development. "Block grants would be given to the colleges for improving their infrastructure and steps would be taken to recruit sufficient number of qualified teachers for different courses.

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