Gandhinagar: The Gujarat Legislative Assembly on Monday passed a bill, seeking to set up Infrastructure Technology, Research and Management (IITRAM) University, with a majority vote.
The bill- IITRAM Act-2012, was passed by voice vote amidst stiff opposition from the Congress, who alleged that the bill was not in accordance with the UGC guidelines about
Setting up a varsity, as it proposes to have director-general, instead of a vice-chancellor, which means that it will by-pass the state Governor.
Foreseeing a demand for engineers in the infra-space over the next few years, the state government has decided to set up a university and the bill shall pave a way for it.
Opposing the bill, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Arjun Modhvadiya alleged that it lacked measures for providing autonomy to the university and was not in accordance to the UGC guidelines.
Modhvadiya also opposed the provisions made by the BJP government to appoint a director general in place of a vice-chancellor saying, "It would adversely impact the autonomy of the varsity."
Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil said that a university, without a vice-chancellor can never be autonomous. The varsity should have Gujarat Governor as its vice chancellor, he added.
"Around 60 per cent posts are lying vacant in the engineering and technical colleges of the state, the government should first fill them to ensure its smooth functioning," Gohil said.
Dismissing Opposition`s claims, Minister of Education Ramanlal Vohra said that a few private universities in the state have the post of Director General, which ensures autonomy.
"Once operational, the varsity would provide skilled manpower for infrastructure," Vohra said.