New Delhi: The country`s first university only for women is set to come up at Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh with the government on Thursday clearing a proposal in this regard.
The university, which would focus on research and higher studies, would be named after late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who represented Raebareli during a substantive part of her political career.
At present, the constituency is represented by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
The proposal, which received the Union Cabinet`s nod today, would be set up at a cost of Rs 500 crore during the 12th Plan Period.
A bill namely the `Indira Gandhi National University for Women` will be introduced in the coming Monsoon Session of Parliament, I&B Minister Manish Tewari told reporters here, adding that the varsity will be set up following its passage.
The establishment of the varsity would "set the pace for all-round growth and development of women in the country and supplement the efforts of the government for women`s empowerment by giving them an increased access to employment oriented basic courses and high-end research," a government statement also said.
Of the total of 121 crore population in the country, there are 58.6 crore women. They constitute 9.5 crore of the population in Uttar Pradesh alone.