In a move to cull the exodus of native students from the state, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Raghubar Das has announced the opening of 3 new private universities in the state. The CM has handed over the letter of Intent (LOI) for the establishment of the proposed universities. The universities, Sarala Birla University and YBN University are to come up at Ranchi, while Arka Jain University would be established at Saraikela.
According to the CM, “Now our children won’t have to go out of the state for higher studies. More universities will be opened in the time to come.”
He also added that last year itself the state witnessed a big leap in education with the coming up of various universities such as Raksha University which deals in the training and preparation of security forces, a sports university for promoting sports and games and other leading universities of the country starting their sessions in Jharkhand.
When contacted, Higher and technical Education Secretary Ajoy Kumar Singh said that the three universities would invest Rs. 600 crore in the next three to four years. The universities would cater to up to 6000 students who would benefit from it.
Mr. Singh further added that the universities would run graduation, post-graduation, technical and professional curriculum in its syllabus.
Sarala Birla Project Director Pradip Kumar Verma, Ramji Yadav of YBN University and Amit Srivastava of Arka Jain University were present at the occasion.
The state, which has been lagging behind the national average when it comes to education has witnessed a huge surge in spending in the education sector in past few years with a number of universities coming up in few years.
The state capital has already witnessed the setting up of IIM-Ranchi. The BJP-led state government has been working hard to ameliorate the condition of education in the state whose gross enrollment ratio is abysmally low as compared to national average.
The state has been working hard to facilitate new universities which would affect the ratio. With the positive steps taken, a number of private universities have shown interest in setting up campuses in the state. In fact, in what must be considered as a positive development, a Knowledge city is also being planned on the outskirts of Ranchi.