Andhra Pradesh got one step closer to getting a Central University in Anantapura district and a Central Tribal University in Vijayanagar district when the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill 2019 was passed in the Lok Sabha on Friday .
Dr Ramesh Pokhryal Nishank, the Union Minister for Human Resources Development, introduced the Bill and said though the Andhra Pradesh government had earmarked over 400 acres in Anantapura district for the Central University, and over 525 acres in Vijayanagar, and the idea of granting the university had been cleared, the Central Universities Act of 2009 could not be amended in the previous Lok Sabha.
The Central University is expected to promote avenues of higher education and research facilities in the state, while the Tribal University will promote advanced knowledge and research facilities in the area of tribal art, culture and customs, and also work to promote technology among the tribal population.
The minister said a Central team had visited the state, and done all the ground work on the detailed project report. The Union government had also approved the setting up of these two universities in the second meeting of the present Cabinet, Dr Nishank said.