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374 model colleges to be set up in educationally backward districts   -   23rd Jan 2010

A model degree college will be set up in 374 educationally backward districts across the country where the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) for higher education is less than the national GER.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the introduction of a new scheme to provide central assistance to the extent of one-third of the capital cost for establishment of each college, limited to Rs 2.67 crore. For special category states, the central share will be 50% of the capital cost limited to Rs 4 crore for each college.

The total funds requirements will be Rs 2,992 crore (for 374 colleges @ Rs 8 crore per college), and the centre will contribute around Rs 1,079 crore. The state governments are expected to provide land free of cost as well as bear the balance amount of the capital cost and recurring cost of running these colleges. It is estimated that 1.87 lakh students will be benefited from this, i.e. 500 students per college.

Two hundred of these model colleges will be set up by the centre during the remaining period of the 11th five year plan, with preference given to special category states and districts with a concentration of weaker sections and minorities. The financial requirement of approximately Rs 615.13 crore for this period will be borne by the centre.

The scheme will be implemented both through the University Grants Commission (which can release funds to the concerned affiliating university for establishing the college as its constituent college) as well as through direct release of funds by the ministry of human resource development to the concerned state government. The state government will have the liberty to set up the college either as an affiliated or a constituent college.

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