Agartala: A new state university, Maharaja Birbikram Viswavidyalaya, will be operational from the next academic session, a state minister said today.
State Higher Education minister Tapan Chakraborty said even though a central university was there, another university was necessary to meet the pressure of colleges and extend the scope of higher education in the state.
He said, a bill on the university, which was placed in the last session of the Assembly, was pending for recommendations of the select committee and was passed today unanimously.
Chakraborty said, already about Rs 50 crore was spent for building infrastructure for the new university and other infrastructures would be built soon, so that the facility could be started from the next academic year.
He said a state university was setup in 1987 and was converted to central university in 2007.
The state has around 40 colleges including two medical colleges and every year about 20,000 students pass higher secondary examinations, the minister said adding, the new university would ease the pressure on the central university.