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Cabinet eases area norms for upcoming varsities

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17

To push infrastructure development in the higher education sector, the Punjab Cabinet today decided to reduce the requirement of a specific constructed area for private universities coming up in the state.

As per the decision, the requirement of 50,000 sq mt has been reduced to 30,000 sq mt for multi-domain universities, and for single- domain universities, it has been reduced from 20,000 sq mt to 15,000 sq mt.

In July last year, the Punjab Government had decided to reduce the minimum land requirement for setting up private universities in the state from 35 acres to 25 acres.

The decision will immediately benefit four upcoming universities: Amity University and Plaksha University in Mohali, Lamrin Skill University in Ropar and Lord Rana University in Fatehgarh Sahib. To facilitate the Cabinet decision, an amendment would be made to the Punjab Private University Policy-2010.

To ensure universal coverage of rural households with piped water connections, the government has decided to accord priority to providing functional house tap connections in the remaining 17.59 lakh households from the tied grants for water under the 15th Finance Commission in order to meet its 2022 target of 100 per cent piped water connectivity. The Cabinet also decided to make all villages ODF-plus under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) in the next five years from allocations available under tied grants for sanitation under the 15th Finance Commission.


PACL disinvestment on cards

An approval was granted for the formation of an Empowered Cabinet Sub-Committee on Disinvestment to finalise the modalities for strategic disinvestment of 33.49 per cent equity shareholding of the Punjab Alkalies amp; Chemicals Limited (PACL), held by the government through the Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation.

Waiver for Radha Soami sect buildings

The Cabinet waived several construction charges for 'satsang bhavans' established by the Radha Soami Satsang Beas in the state. Among the charges exempted are the external development charges, permission fee, social infrastructure fund and building scrutiny fee. These have a financial implication of Rs12.18 crore.



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