New Delhi: The country has 77 private
universities with Rajasthan topping the list with as many as
16 such institutions, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Friday.
"According to available information, as on date, there
are 77 universities established by state legislatures without
public funding," Minister of State for HRD D Purandeswari said
during Question Hour.
She said state legislatures were competent to establish
private universities, with or without public funding.
Rajasthan has 16 universities, seven of them in the state
capital, Jaipur. Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat have 11 private
universities each. Himachal Pradesh has the third highest
private universities in the country at nine.
Meghalaya and Uttrakhand have five private universities
each while Haryana and Sikkim four each. Chhattisgarh has
three private universities whereas Nagaland and Punjab have
Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Orissa
and Tripura have one private university each, she added.
"Standards of eduction in private universities, including
those relating to teaching, are regulated through the
University Grants Commission (Establishment of and Maintenance
of Standards in Private Universities Regulations, 2003)," she