Lord Parekh suggests centres of excellence in universities

House of Commons mem Lord Bhikhu Parekh said creation of world-class universities in country mulled by govt will benefit only affluent class while poor but bright students will find it difficult to study in these institutions.

Last Updated: Oct 05, 2010, 00:30 AM IST

Vadodara: House of Commons member Lord Bhikhu Parekh on Monday said creation of world-class universities in the country as mulled by the government will benefit only
the affluent class while poor but bright students will find it difficult to study in these institutions.

Delivering the keynote address at the two-day West Zone Vice Chancellors` conference of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) here on Monday, Parekh said, "Each world class university will cost Rs 1,500 crore for construction of building, land cost and creating of infrastructure facilities in addition to cost of teaching staff."
Parekh suggested that centres of excellence should be set up instead in select universities which will serve the purpose of the world class varsities. The government had proposed to establish 14 national universities aiming towards world-class standards in the 11th
Plan period.

"Creation of these world class universities will benefit only the affluent class of society who can bear the expenses while poor but excellent students will find it difficult to study there," Parekh Said.
Fifty-six vice chancellors from 56 universities from the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh are attending the conference
hosted by the Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) of Baroda with the theme "Value based higher education in the era of globalization".

PTI