Gondwana University, Gadchiroli, Vidarbha Project Delayed
The proposal to set up Gondwana University in naxal-infested Gadchiroli district in eastern Vidarbha region is gathering dust and the project still seems to be hanging in a limbo despite tall promises made by the Maharashtra Government.
Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan on Saturday admitted the delay in setting up the new varsity and had promised that the process for appointing a new Vice-Chancellor would be initiated soon.
“Some proposals (for names of the VC) have been received,” he had said.
During the last assembly session in Nagpur, the state government had assured to launch Maharashtra’s latest university from Gadhchiroli from the coming academic session, by appointing a VC by the end of the winter session. However, even two months down the line, the government has failed to name a VC.
The government had also said that it will start operations from Nagpur University’s sub centre at Gadchiroli from academic session 2011-12, and that the file regarding the first VC was with the CM.
Talks with Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to hand over excess land to the new university, which will have over 163 affiliated colleges from Gadchiroli and Chandrapur, were also reported.
Sources close to Minister for Edcuation Rajesh Tope said that probable names were finalised but Home Minister R R Patil was of the opinion that the VC should be selected after conducting interviews, instead of a direct selection.
“It will be decided within a day or two,” Tope assured again.