PATNA: Now, minimum 33.3% seats in all engineering and medical colleges in Bihar would be reserved for women.
In a groundbreaking decision, CM Nitish Kumar on Wednesday ordered the officials of the science & technology and the health & medical education departments to take necessary steps to reserve minimum 33.3% seats for girls at the time of admission in all engineering and medical colleges.
“The proposed 33.3% quota for girls would be implemented in all engineering and medical colleges across the state from the coming academic session (2021-22). With this, Bihar would become the first state (in the country) to provide a 33.3% horizontal quota for girls in the technical college, a secretary-rank IAS officer, who did not want to be identified, told TOI on Wednesday.
Chairing a high-level meeting through video conferencing from his residence, Nitish said, “The reservation of minimum 33.3% seats for the fair sex will lead to further increase in the number of women in all technical institutions. It would be a unique thing. With this decision, women will be more motivated to pursue technical and higher education.”
The CM further said that engineering colleges were being opened in all 38 districts of the state. Several medical colleges too have been opened in the state in recent years.
“Our main aim is that the boys and girls of Bihar would not have to go outside the state to pursue the study of engineering and medical courses,” Nitish said at the meeting.
The CM also reviewed two proposed Bills, to be laid in the next session of the state assembly for setting up two new universities exclusively for engineering and medical science streams.
After enactment of the proposed Bills, all engineering colleges across the state would be governed by the proposed ‘Bihar Engineering University’, while all medical colleges of the state by the proposed ‘Bihar University of Medical Sciences.’
The state currently has 38 government-run engineering colleges while 17 engineering colleges in the private sector. All these colleges would come under the purview of the proposed Bihar Engineering University.
Bihar currently has nine government and six private medical colleges. Works are going on to open 11 more medical colleges across the state. All these medical colleges would come under the purview of the proposed ‘Bihar University of Medical Sciences.’
Besides these two new universities, the Nitish government has also planned to set up two more new universities – one each exclusively for the sports sector and another for art & culture.