In a special meeting of Bihar cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, approval was given for establishing two new universities. The meeting held on Saturday, June 30 gave clearance for the creation of Patliputra University and Purnea University in Bihar.
The Purnea University after establishment will provide affiliation to various colleges that currently function under the B N Mandal University. As per the discussion held in the meeting, some colleges in Patna and Nalanda that are presently under the regulation of Magadh University will be affiliated with Patliputra University after its creation.
The cabinet also approved eight propositions regarding different departments. Creating four new posts in Home Guard Department as well as two commandants and two deputy commandants were among the other proposals that were approved by the state cabinet in the special meeting. As per the new regulations, a ‘Bihar Samvad Samiti’ will also be set up in order to convey the government’s welfare programmes to people living in various regions of the state.
At present, there are 25 UGC recognized universities and institutes that offer higher education in Bihar. Among these institutions are Indian Institute of Technology Patna, National Institute of Technology Patna, Nalanda University, Patna University, Magadh University, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University, Bihar Agricultural University, Nalanda Open University, Chanakya National Law University, Jai Prakash University, Central University of Bihar, etc.
Bihar education has been a center of attention as a result of the 12 class board topper scam and many other major examination controversies. It has been in the news for various instances of mass cheating and students using illegitimate means to clear their exams that have put the reputation of the state’s education at stake.