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SHRI DAYANIDHI MARAN: Sir, as the hon. Member, Shri Tapan Sengupta, has mentioned, those who had already gone there and set up network, are not sharing it. They have been using it as single operator. But our new scheme is to make sure that whatever infrastructure is put has to be shared. We are very clear that new infrastructure will come in areas where no infrastructure has been set up by any operator. That is the salient feature of this new scheme. It is definitely very clear that wireless service, wireless internet, wireless technology seems to be the future. The Wi-max is already coming into the Wi-fi. The Wi-max seems to be the most disruptive technology which India had to accept. We are proud to say that India has taken a lead in the Wi-max research. The C-Dot and the Alcatel Research, Chennai, are coming with their own consumer premises equipments from the middle of the next year, which will be our own technology, research done from our side.

So far as the point raised by hon. Member, Shri V. Narayanasamy is concerned, it is a fact that we have set up a growth target of 250 million. And, we have utilized it. We had, for the first time, set a growth for target and capital. For the first time, the BSNL and the MTNL said that the equipments are to be made in India. That's why you see that the Nokia, the Motorola and other companies have come up and set up their facilities, because of our growth. We have capitalised on the growth and we are going to make it sure that we do not import any equipment from outside, rather these equipments are made in our own country.

Sir, I would also like to make a point that several Members have attributed the credit of telecom to different leaders. But, I think, the country should not forget that it was Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi who brought the telecom revolution in India. It was because of his visionary power that we saw in the mid-eighties the STD booths in every village, offering service to every citizen of the country. He started this revolution. Now, we are trying to bring revolution in mobile phones. So, let us not forget that the credit should go to Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi. I thought that I should mention that. That's all, Sir. Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: The question is:

That the Bill further to amend the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, as passed by Lok Sabha, be taken into consideration.

 

The motion was adopted.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: We shall now take up the clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill.

Clause 2 was added to the Bill.

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: There is one amendment for insertion of clause 2(a) by Shri Tapan Kumar Sen. Mr. Sen, are you moving your amendment?

NEW CLAUSE - 2A

SHRI TAPAN KUMAR SEN (WEST BENGAL): Sir, I move :

1.                              That at page 1, after line 7, the following new clause be inserted, namely:-

"2A. In Section 9D of the principal Act, after sub-section (3), the following new sub-section shall be inserted, namely:-

"(4) On and from the commencement of the Indian Telegraph (Amendment) Act, 2006, the mobile/cellular services already provided in rural and remote areas shall come under the coverage of this Fund with retrospective effect from the actual date of providing mobile/cellular services and the concerned service providers shall be extended financial support from this Fund for the services provided."

 

The question was put and the motion was negatived.

 

Clause 3 was added to the Bill.

Clause 1, the Enacting Formula and the Title were added to the Bill.

SHRI DAYANIDHI MARAN: Sir, I move

That the Bill be passed.

The question was put and the motion was adopted.

(Ends)

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, message from the Lok Sabha.

MESSAGES FROM LOK SABHA

(I)                  The Appropriation (No.5) Bill, 2006.

(II)                The Appropriation (No.6) Bill, 2006.

 

SECRETARY-GENERAL: Sir, I have to report to the House the following messages received from the Lok Sabha, signed by the Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha:

(I)

"In accordance with the provisions of rule 96 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha, I am directed to enclose the Appropriate (No.5) Bill, 2006, as passed by Lok Sabha at its sitting held on the 12th December, 2006.

The Speaker has certified that this Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of article 110 of the Constitution of India."

(II)

"In accordance with the provisions of rule 96 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha, I am directed to enclose the Appropriate (No.6) Bill, 2006, as passed by Lok Sabha at its sitting held on the 12th December, 2006.

The Speaker has certified that this Bill is a Money Bill within the meaning of article 110 of the Constitution of India."

 

Sir, I lay a copy each of the Bills on the Table.

(Ends)

THE SIKKIM UNIVERSITY BILL, 2006

THE TRIPURA UNIVERSITY BILL, 2006

&

THE RAJIV GANDHI UNIVERSITY BILL, 2006

MR. DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: Now, we will take up the Sikkim University Bill, 2006, the Tripura University Bill, 2006 and the Rajiv Gandhi University Bill, 2006 for discussion, all together. Hon. Minister to move.

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (SHRI MD. ALI ASHRAF FATMI): Sir, on behalf of my senior colleague, Shri Arjun Singh, I beg to move:

That the Bill to establish and incorporate a teaching and affiliating University in the State of Sikkim and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto, be taken into consideration.

 

Sir, I also beg to move:

 

That the Bill to establish and incorporate a teaching and affiliating University in the State of Tripura and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto, be taken into consideration.

 

Sir, I also beg to move:

 

That the Bill to establish and incorporate a teaching and affiliating University in the State of Arunachal Pradesh and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto, be taken into consideration.

The questions were proposed.

(Followed by 2x -- VP)

SC/4.05/2X

׾ֵ֕ ָ (ָ֟) : ֮֮ߵ ֳ֯ן , ׌ ׮־֙ ײֻ, ֕߾ Ӭ ׮־֙ ײֻ ס֯ ׮־֙ ײֻ - ߮ ײֻ ָָ ֕ ׸ ׻֋ ֟ ֻ-ֻ ײֻ ָָ ߮ ײֻ , Ù

(ֳ֬ ( ϟ֯ ) ߚ߮ )

ꌙ ӛ ߕ̮ ֵ֟ ֵ "ס֯ ׮־֙, ׌ ׮־֙ ֕߾ Ӭ ׮־֙ into a central university to ensure its accelerated development and to minimize the imbalance in the educational facilities available in the North-Eastern Region." ֕߾ Ӭ ׮־֙ ײֻ , ײֻ ֻ֓ ׻֋ ֵ , ֮ , ֻ, ן ֮֮֯ , ׻֋ ֕߾ Ӭ ׮־֙ ֤ ָ ִ ֻ֓ ׮־֙ , ֲ ֮֟ ֮֯ ֕߾ Ӭ ִ , ֟ ֟ , ָ, ߮ ׮־֙ߕ , Ù , ֮ ׸ ָ ־־֤ Ͼעֵ ֻ , ֌ֻ־֤ Ͼעֵ ֻ ָ ָ ִõ֋ Ù ׮־֙ ֲֻ֟ ׮ֻ֮ , ׮־֙ߕ ׸֕ ֮ ß־ , ֣-֣ ׮־֙ߕ ׿ ָ֬ ָ ָ ™ߵ Ͼ , ™ߵ Ͼ ߮ Ù ׬ ֣ ׻֋ ™ߵ ֜, ™ߵ ӛ ֜ ָ ־־֤ Ͼע ֻ , ִ ־֙ ֋, ׮־֙ߕ ִ֬ ֋, ׻֋ ׮־֙ߕ ״ ֮ ׾֛֮ , ֋ ־־֤ Ͼע ֜־ - ׮־֙ߕ ã֮ ָ ֋, ֮ ֮ ֛ ׻֋ ֙ ֛ ߮ ֮ , כ , ֮֮ ׯ֔ ֻ ֻ ͅ ֮֟ ߮ Ù ָ ָ ߮ Ù - ו 'seven sisters' , ™ߵ ӛ ֤ ֜־ ״ֻ, ֟ ֮ ן׸ ֆָ , ֮ ׸ ֲ ϵ , ֮־ ֮֬ Ԥٿ֟ , ׾ָ֯ߟ ֮֯ ꌓָ ֵ֟ , ߛ ֵ֟ , ָ ֵ֟ ֟ ׸ , ֆָ ֵ , ִ ꌓָ Ù ָ ֮

(2և ָ ֟)

MP/PK/2Y/4.10

׾ֵ֕ ָ (֟) : ߛ ֋ ָ ֳ ׮־֙ߕ ָ ׸ ... և , ֵ , ֮֟ ֮֟ ׮־֙ ֮ , ֮ ׮־֙ ֤ ״ֻ֮ , þֵ֢֟ ָ֬ ָ ֮ ꅠ ֮ և ׮־֙ ֮ , ֕ ֮ ֮ և ׮־֙ ꯙ þָ Ù ׮־֙, ׮־֙, ߴ ׮־֙ ָ֬ ָ և ׮־֙ߕ ӕ ־ֻ , ״ֻ֟ , ֻܵ ֮ ӓ ֵ֮ , ִ ֮ ߛ ־־ ֵ֮ ߛ ֮ ִֵ ߛ ֕ ָ ֮ ָֻ, և-ָֻ, ױ -և-ָֻ, ױ ״ ֈֻ - ֲ ֮֋ , ִ ״ ֈֻ, , ״ ֈֻ ֮֮ , ߮ ׮־֙ߕ ꌙ ֵ֟ ֵ ֮֯ ֵ֟ ꌙ ֵ֟ ״ ֈֻ ֟ ӓֻ֮ , ״ ֈֻ ֋, ֮֯ ֟ ָָ ï™ ֮֟ ״ ֈֻ ֮? ִ - ߕ , دֻ֯, Ù ֋ ֣ ״ֻ ״ ֈֻ ֜, ָ ߵָ , ֟

ָ ֟ ꌙ ֟և , ִ ֮֯ ֵ - " ֯־ָ" ... .ָ.. ֲ " ֯־ָ" Ӥ פ ֵ , " ֯־ָ" יև ֤֮ , ... ׸ "" , "" , ß , ß

׌ ָ ֵ֟ ֵ , ִ ֵ֟ ߕֻ֮ ևי, ֤׿ ֮ with the scope of the mainstream of the Education Policy or to promote the spirit of national integrity, , ׸ Û ׮־֙ , ִ ֤׿ ô֟ ֺ ֮ ֣ ֤׿ ֻ֮ Ùߴ, ֮, ֲꌙ, ߕ, problems - ָ֬ ָ ׮־֙ ֮, ן ־ֿ ֟ ׻֋ ָ ֮ ֛ ֲꌙ, ߕ, ׸֓, ӿ֮ ֤׿ ָ֬ ָ ֮ , ֮֟

ָ ֟ ߌי ֈֻ , ؓ Ùֱ ׻ױ֮, ׮־֙ ֳ ә , ә ֟ , ׾ֵ ֮ ֟ , ... ָ ָָ ֮ ־֮Դ ֮ פ , ׻ױ֮ ... ֵ , ״ ֈֻ ֵ ֳ ׮־֙ߕ ... ֵ , ָ ֮ ֛ ״ ֈֻ ֤ ... in general proforma , ָ֬ ָ ә ׻ױ֮ , ֵ , , ә ... , ָ ־֮Դ ֮ ֛օ

ֵ֟ ߌי ֈֻ ־׸ ֢ ־ , ә , Ù ָ ֵ֟ , ײֻ ֵ֟ , ָ ו֋ .., ..., וÙָ, ә , ָ ߌי ֈֻ ә , ֮֟

ָ ֟, וÙָ ָ ݕ״֮֮ և׿ֵֻ ױָ ֮֯ ׬ ֟և , ӓ ֻ ֟և (2 ָ ֿ:)

ASC-PB/2Z/4.15

׾ֵ֕ ָ (֟) : ֟ ֳ ׮־֙ߕ ָ֮ ׮־֙ Ù , ׮־֙ ݕִ , וÙָ ָ ִ և ױָ , ָ ә ִ ֟ ׻֋ ߮ ָ֮ , ָ ׮־֙ ׸֤ ָ-ָ advertisement , ׮־֙ ׻ֱև Ԯ ״ֻ֟ פ ָ ӓ ֻ ׻֋ ָ ׻ֱև Ԯ ״ֻ ׮־֙ߕ ֕ וÙָ ݕ״֮֮ ָ ֻ ֛ ׻֋ ִ 겻ִ ӓ֕ ֮֮ ֛, ׻֋ ֯ ӓ ֻ ׬ ׮ֻ֮ ֛ פ ָ֮ ֮ פ ֋ ֟ ֯ ׻ֱև Ԯ ״ֻօ ׮־֙ Ùֻ ״׮Ù֮ ׻֋ ָ֬ ָ ִ ֤ ֵ֟ ו͛ כ ִ ׾ו֙ ߻ ֢ ֯ ׮־֙ þֵ֟ ֮ ׻֋ ݕ֌י ֈֻ Ù ֈֻ ״֮י ׯ֟ ׌ ֮֮ ָ ֲ ֛ י ׸ ֮ י  þָ ׮־֙ י  ָ , ׻֋ Ù ־ , ִ ֮֯ ևә ݕ֌י ֈֻ ևә , ׻֋ ֯ ׌ ֮ , ֯ ׌ ӛ֤ ֻ ֋, ױ ֋ ֯ ׻֋ ״׮ִִ ׻ױ֮ Ù כÙ֮ ֯ , ו֮ 70 ָ ֯ , ־ ֛ ׬ָ օ ׻֋ ־ ־ י  ֮ ֮ ִ ׮ֻ֮ ֟ ߅ ָ HRD ֓ ִ ֤õ ֵ֟ ־ ֤ , ָ-ָ , ֟ և, ָ ־ ֟ ߠ ֳ ־ ߟ ֤ ֟ ָ ־ ָ-ָ ֤ ֲֻ֟ י  , ӛ ֛ ׮־֙ ׻֋ ד֟ ־ã ֮ י Ù י  þָ , ׻֋ ֟ ָ ־ֲ֤ וִָ ׻֋ ֮ Ù ׻֋ ״ ֈֻ ֮և , ִ ֮ ׌ ִ ߮ ײֻ ָ ־ֿ ָ ֛ Ù - ֕ , ׮־֙ߕ ״ֻ , ׮־֙ߕ ָ֬ ָ ֕ ׾ ֻ֮ Ùߴ , ֣ ָ ָ օ ׮־֙ߕ ִ֬ , ִ֬ , ִ֬ , ׸֓ ִ֬ , ָ ָ ֟ ӛ ֜, ־֮ (ִ֯)

(3A/LTָ ָ)

SKC/3A/4.20

SHRI NABAM REBIA (ARUNACHAL PRADESH): Thank you, Sir, for giving me this opportunity.

Sir, first of all, I would like to congratulate the Government for bringing this very important piece of legislation. I will be confining mostly to Arunachal Pradesh, i.e., the Rajiv Gandhi University Bill. But, before I come to the main points, I would like to clarify certain points raised by the previous speaker from the other side because he misled the House about the law and order problem in the North-East region and about the name of the University. He has also said that this Bill has been brought in haste or in a hurry. Let me tell him, let me inform the hon. House, that the conversion of Arunachal University into the Rajiv Gandhi University has been a long-pending demand of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. In fact, the name of this University, which was established in 1984, the foundation stone of which was laid by late Shrimati Gandhi, was Arunachal University. It was the people of Arunachal Pradesh, the legislature of Arunachal Pradesh, which unanimously adopted the Resolution that it should be named the Rajiv Gandhi University. It was not imposed by New Delhi; it is the will of the people, the aspirations of the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

Now, he also says that there are a lot of secessionist movements. With my poor understanding of Hindi, what I could understand he meant was that there are a lot of secessionist movements in that region. For the kind information of the hon. Member and the hon. House, let me tell you, of course, there are such movements in the region, but Arunachal Pradesh and, for that matter, even the State of Sikkim, have been very peaceful. Even if China may have claimed Arunachal, you won't find a single Arunachali who is a supporter of a separatist or secessionist movement in that State. It was the people of Arunachal Pradesh who first protested, even earlier, when China claimed it, that Arunachal is an integral part, was an integral part and will remain an integral part of India. That is the commitment that the people of Arunachal Pradesh have towards India. Therefore, our nationalist spirit is very deep-rooted, very strong, and there is no scope to think that there is a secessionist movement or that Arunachalis are separatists. That is a misunderstanding and such things do not happen there. For the kind information of the hon. House and also the hon. Member, the former Minister of HRD, Prof. Murli Manohar Joshi, himself graced one of the conventions of the Arunachal University; he had come there and graced the Convention. Also, the former Deputy Prime Minister, hon. L.K. Advani, who had come to Arunachal, had announced a sanction of Rs. 19 crores, which he never gave. So, these are the things. Now, this makes the difference -- a Government that thinks of the welfare of a backward and remote State like Arunachal, and a Government which did not think and which would probably not think also. Sir, these are certain clarifications which I wanted to give to the hon. Member and the hon. House.

Sir, in fact, as I said, this was one of the long-pending demands of the people of Arunachal. There have been a lot of student movements and youth movements to see that Arunachal University is converted into a Central University. Therefore, on behalf of the people and Government of Arunachal Pradesh and on my own behalf, I would like to profusely thank the hon. Prime Minister, UPA Chairperson, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, and also the HRD Minister for having taken this initiative. Now, with the conversion of Arunachal University, the Rajiv Gandhi University, into a Central University, every State of the North-East will have a Central University.

Now, why is there need for a Central University in Arunachal? This is very elaborately and precisely mentioned in the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill itself. But, let me read out the very relevant portion here. 'Government of Arunachal Pradesh, with its limited resources, is not in a position to provide adequate funding for development of the University. Besides, the existence of a number of Central Universities in other States of North-East region, with their better infrastructure and academic facilities, tends to create huge imbalances in the educational facilities within the region with far-reaching consequences. It is, therefore, felt expedient to convert the Rajiv Gandhi University into a Central University to ensure its accelerated development and to minimise the imbalance in the educational facilities available in the North-Eastern region.' (Contd. by 3b)

HK/3b/4.25

SHRI NABAM REBIA (CONTD.): This is precisely the main reason as to why there has been a demand for a Central University and this gives total justification as to why this need of the Central University has arisen. I have also gone into the financial memorandum of the Original Bill. This is totally almost in tune with the recommendations made by the UGC team, which visited the then Arunachal University, now Rajiv Gandhi University, and this totally, more or less, is in line with the recommendations made by the team. Now, let us come to earlier features of Arunachal Pradesh, the then North East Frontier Agency. Kindly see the sea-change that has taken place. Before Independence, there was only one primary school in Arunachal Pradesh at Paasi with a strength of 30 students only. Now, as late as 1952, the erstwhile North East Frontier Agency had only one para-middle school. People were almost living in dark age. Today, the scenario is that we have 12 degree colleges, one Regional Institute of Science and Technology, which is called North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology with the deemed University status, one polytechnic, three ITIs, 78 higher secondary schools, 136 secondary schools, 445 middle schools, 1371 primary schools, and, of course, a number of other private educational institutions in the region. The dream of people and the students of Arunachal Pradesh is to see that we make this University a world-class University. We want to see this as a national University, not only as a Central University with national outlook. There will be, as the previous speaker said that a university would always have autonomy, nothing different from other universities of the country so far as autonomy is concerned. The grant of Central University status to the Arunachal University will help to arrest the isolation syndrome that is in the minds of some of the youths of the region. This is a positive step. Therefore, I consider this a New Year gift to the people of Arunachal Pradesh by this Government. We are extremely grateful to the Ministry and the Government for fulfilling this long-pending demand of the people of this backward border State. I think, I should not take much time. I have touched the key issues. I have also clarified certain misconceptions and misunderstanding of some of the Members from other side. Therefore, the students of Arunachal will try to live up to the hopes and aspirations of the country, and we hope that this University, the Rajiv Gandhi University, will obviously, as I said, become a national and world-class university. Thank you. (Ends)

SHRI MATILAL SARKAR (TRIPURA): Sir, at the outset, I share pleasures, feelings and emotions with the 35 lakh of people of Tripura while welcoming this laudable Bill. Sir, I congratulate the hon. HRD Minster, the Ministers of State and the UPA Government supported by the Left Front for having presented in the House three Bills at a time.

(Contd. by GSP/3c)

GSP/3C/4.30

SHRI MATILAL SARKAR (CONTD.): ...one for the people of Tripura; one for the people of Arunachal Pradesh, and, one for the people of Sikkim. Today, the whole House is enjoying this day of pleasures for the North Eastern people because out of eight States, three States are getting three Central Universities from this day onwards. So, it is a day of great pleasure for us. The students and democratic people of Tripura had been fighting for a long time for getting a Central University. Today, when they will come to know that this university is being converted into a Central university, they will be immensely happy for getting the fruit of their democratic movement. Sir, in respect of standard of education, after getting the Central University, the students of this region will be elevated to the national status. Sir, while welcoming the Bill, I would like to emphasise two amendments that I have brought forward, and, which have been circulated to the Members. Sir, the Standing Committee gave some observations and recommendations. The hon. Minister has accepted some of the recommendations by way of amendments. But, there were some valuable recommendations which I could not find in the list of amendments. Due to this reason, I have brought forward these amendments. Sir, as regards the authorities, seven authorities will be formed. The procedure for formation of these authorities is not mentioned here. I fully agree with the Members of the Standing Committee -- I have seen the report -- that the students' representative and the teachers' representative, who will be on the body, should be elected from their respective constituencies, i.e., from the constituency of the student and the constituency of the teacher. Provision of only nomination will not be the proper way, and, therefore, democratisation is necessary.

Sir, I would like to mention about the elected representatives. When the University first came to the State of Tripura in the year 1987, at that time, Tripura University Council was formed, I myself, being a Member of the Legislative Assembly, and, the present Chief Minister of Tripura, Shri Manik Sarkar, were in the first University Council of Tripura University. Today, we feel proud that in the year 1987 when the first University council was formed, two Members from the Legislative Assembly were taken. A former Member of this House, late Shri Biplab Dasgupta, was also in the first University Council of Tripura. I remember him even today. He had helped a lot, and, at the formation stage, he contributed very greatly.

Sir, why does the question of Central University come? When the university is under the State Governance, why should the question of Central University come up? What is the reason? Sir, I would like to give a brief account of the education scenario of our State. Sir, the Left Front Government came to the State of Tripura in the year 1978.

(Contd. by sk-3d)

SK/4.35/3d

SHRI MATILAL SARKAR (CONTD.): Since then, a huge change has taken place in the field of education. First of all, the Left Front Government declared free education up to class 12 for all the students and up to college for the women students. I do not know, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir, where this facility prevailed at that time, in the year 1978. Sir, we are one of the pioneer States to introduce Mid-Day Meal in schools from the year 1978.

Sir, in the State of Tripura, one-third people belong to the Scheduled Tribes and the mother-tongue of a majority of them is Kokborok. The tribal students could not have education in their mother-tongue. The Left Front Government was the first to declare Kokborok as the State official language in the year 1978. After inception of the Left Front Government, the tribal people were given the opportunity to learn Kokborok. It has been declared the State's official language along with Bengali. Bengali was the one language and another language has coming into picture, which is Kokborok, as the State's official language.

Sir, the Left Front Government has opened schools, even colleges, in the interior places. There are schools in the far-flung areas. In about 90 per cent of the area, you will not find a student walking more than two kilometres for a school. That is, within a distance of five kilometres, you will get one school and the 90 per cent of the State has been covered by opening new schools and that is why the literacy rate of the State has crossed 80 per cent. And, as far as literacy is concerned, I think, we stand 8th or 9th in the whole country. Sir, when the school education has spread like this, one rule is always there, when growth takes place, it brings change. Quantitative change brings qualitative change. So, the school education has spread so much in the State that it has brought changes in the higher education. That is why, in the year 1987, the University was formed. In the year 1976, Tripura was having its own Secondary Education Board. Previously, the schools were under West Bengal Secondary Education Board. In the year 1976, Tripura Secondary Education Board was formed.

Sir, while going through this Bill, I have seen that in some cases, there are ambiguities. It is not clearly defined. For example, with regard to the appointment of teachers and lecturers, what criteria will be followed, or, what procedure will be followed, is not well-defined. My earnest request to the Government, to the hon. Minister, is to see that whatever criteria you formulate, the local educated youths should get a change. By 'local youths', I don't mean only by the youths of Tripura. The North East Region, as a whole, is backward. They are not getting chances in Indian Airlines, Indian Railways, etc. They are lagging behind. At least, in the Universities of this region, a scope should remain open for them. So, while formulating a procedure, this thing should be kept in mind. (Contd. by ysr-3e)

-SK/YSR/4.40/3E

SHRI MATILAL SARKAR (CONTD.): Sir, I have spoken about the spread of school education. Now, I would like to give a brief account of higher education. In Tripura, we are having 14 degree colleges; one NIT/engineering college; two medical colleges; one music college; one fishery college; two polytechnics, one exclusively for women; and a number of basic training colleges and ITIs. Students' strength in the colleges, in the State, has crossed 23,000. This year, 10,000 students got admitted in the university. At present, there are 16 faculty members. Two technical courses are also being taught in the university, though there is an engineering college. So, there is added pressure. Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, these two courses, are being taught in the university along with the engineering college. Sir, this is the educational scenario in the higher education.

It is not possible for the State of Tripura to bear such a heavy expenditure. This is not the end of progress. This is just the beginning. The university will go a long way. There are possibilities also. The potential is also there for its increase. That is why the Central help is necessary, and that is why there was a demand that the university should be converted into a Central University. This is being done today. This is a great pleasure for us.

Sir, the State of Tripura is a prosperous State. We produce immense quantity of rubber. We are second to Kerala in the country. We are second to Gujarat in respect of natural gas reserves. We are having plenty of natural gas. We produce bamboo. Sir, what is necessary for a State to flourish? I think five things are necessary. Transport and communication, power, raw material, manpower, and education. Among these, I come to transport first. In a period of one year, we are getting a railway line in Agartala. In the area of power, we are going to get two major power projects in our State of Tripura. We can supply this power to the neighbouring States. The opportunity is there within two-three years. We have immense raw material also. As manpower, we are having four lakh unemployed youth. Next is the education. For imparting knowledge, we require university.

Sir, I commend the Bill. I again congratulate the hon. Minister and the UPA Government for fulfilling its commitment to provide one university in each State of the North-East region. I share this pleasure with the people of my State. With these words, I conclude. Thank you, Sir.

(Ends)

SHRI SILVIUS CONDPAN (ASSAM): Sir, today, I rise to express my gratitude to the UPA Government for having realised the necessity of establishing a Central University for the children of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and Tripura. (Contd. by VKK/3F)

-YSR/VKK/3f/4.45

SHRI SILVIUS CONDPAN (CONTD.): Being a person from the North-Eastern part of India, I was personally feeling the necessity of such a University. There are eight States in the North-East and five States are having the Central Universities. There was a little imbalance from the point of view of having a Central University in these three States. It is a very wise decision and a very encouraging decision on the part of the Central Government under the UPA leadership that these States are going to have Central Universities as their other counterparts are having, with the passing of this Bill.

I am supporting this Bill wholeheartedly. I know there is no Central University or a University of its own in Sikkim. The Sikkim State is having only the degree classes and they are also affiliated to North Bengal University under West Bengal. It was causing lot of inconveniences for the State Government to give better higher education to the children of their State. By establishing the Sikkim Central University, these difficulties will be over and also, it will be a great financial relief for the State Government because with the establishment of the Central University there, the whole burden of financing the University and other things will be on the part of the Central Government. I hope the Minister of Human Resource Development, who is piloting this Bill to be passed here in this House, will look into the sentiments of the local people of these three States while establishing this Central University from the point of view of appointing lecturers, staff or whatever is required after the establishment of these Universities.

Sir, it is really very encouraging for us and we will be having scope for getting higher education through the Central Universities in our States. And there is a direct link to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development so far as curriculum for the Universities is concerned. So, there is no iota of doubt that the boys who will be educated in these three Universities may not have any ideas other than the national ideas in their mind when they grow up in that education, with the establishment of these Central Universities in Sikkim, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh is next to my State, that is, Assam. They have rightly named the University after Rajiv Gandhi because it was during the lifetime of Indira Gandhi who took much interest in giving higher education facilities to the State of Arunachal Pradesh, right from its infancy, under the name of North-East Frontier Agency, which we had seen. We have seen that from the Frontier Agency status, it has come to the full-fledged Statehood. With this University, the State will develop. My friend from Arunachal Pradesh has already elaborated the details of the institutions they are having. Another friend from Tripura has also given the details of the institutions that have come up in Tripura and the proposed Tripura Central University will be coming up with these institutions. They will get the readymade infrastructure to grow up with the ideas of having a Central University.

Sir, with these words, I would like to support this Bill for passing. The Central University will throw a big light on education to the people of these three States; and to the people of North-East, it will be a great joy that all together, they have got a Central University in their respective States.

With these words, I extend my gratitude to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, in particular, for bringing forward this Bill today. Thank you very much, Sir. (ENDS) (Followed by 3G)

aka-mks/3g/4:40

0 ִ ӛָ (ײָ) : ֮֮ߵ ֳ֬ , ֲ ֯ ָ ֮ ָ ֮ ׻֋ ֮ ֬և ֮֮ߵ ӡ ֬և ֣ ߮ ׮־֙ߕ ã֮֯ ײֻ ֤ ֋ ֤ ׸ ִ֟ ֵ ן ֮

, ֣-Ù 8 ֕ 7 ֕ , ו֮ ֮ Ù ִ ָ , ֕ ִ ֵ ָ 8 ֕ ִ 5 ֕ ׮־֙ߕ , 3 ֕ ײֻ ֤ ֵօ ֮־ ֮֬ ׾ ӡֵֻ Ù؛ ָ ֓ ֓ ֤ ֕ ׸ ׻֋ ֤ ֵ ֵ

, ָ- ֕ ׻ ãן ׿ ׾֬֋ ָ ״ֻ , ׾֬֋ ׻ ָ ָ- ֕ ״ֻ ֟ ָ ׌ ׮־֙ ֮ , , ׌ ֣ ֻ ׮־֙ ֣ ֻ ׮־֙ ֻ , ֜ ָ ָ ꅠ ܵ ߮ ׮־֙ߕ ִõ , ו֮ , ֲ֕ פ ֻ֮ ׻֙ߕ̅ , 5 ׮־֙ߕ ߮ ֕ ׮־֙ߕ ָ ֟ ׾֢ߵ ãן ׮־֙ߕ ׻֋ Ùָ ׮ִ , ו ׿ ׻֋ ־ֿ ãן ׮־֙ ã֮֯ ־ֿ ߅ ־֮Դ ׮־֙ ׻֋ ֮֬ ֲֻ ֋, ֵָ ֮ ־ã , ׸֓ ֲ ֛ ֳ ֮ - Ùߴ ָ ״ֻ ֋ꅠ ֮ ״י֮ , ™ߵ ßָ ָ ֛-֛ ״י֮ , ֕ ֜և ֕ , Ùָ ֕ , ׮־֙ ֕ ߙ ךև ꅠ פ ֣-Ù ֱ ֛ ֜ ׻֋, ׿ ֯ ׻֋ ֟ ('3h/sch' ָ ָ)

SCH/TMV/4.55/3H

. ִ ӛָ (֟): ׿ ֮ ֕ ״ֻ, -Ùߴ ߤָ ׻֋ ֱ ״ֻօ

, ֜֟ օ ֮֟ Ùָ ֻ ֱ Ù , ׻ ߓ ֮ ֱ ׾֬ ™ ֮֮ߵ ӡ ָ ֵ ֵ ײֻ þ֟ ݵ ӲӬ ֟ ֿ -Ù ֕ ֜և ׬ ֳ ׮־֙ߕ ãׯ֟ ֋, ו ָ ֜և ֣ ֣ ־ã ָ ™ , ׻֋ , -Ù ֕ , ֕ ן ֱ ד և ױ׿ֵֻ ݾ ֟ ֕ Ù ֕ ן ד և , ָ ׻֋ ֳ ׮־֙ߕ ־ã ִ ן, ֮ ™ ן ׬ ד ִ օ ָ , ָ ֕ ׾ֿ ֻ , ã֮ ֮ ™ ߅

ָ ױ ֮֮ߵ ӡ ߮-߮ ׮־֙ߕ ן ײֻ ֤ ֮ ׻֋, ߑ ׸ , ֬և - ֮־֤ (ִ֯)

SHRI O. T. LEPCHA (SIKKIM): Thank you, hon. Vice-Chairman, Sir, for giving me this opportunity for participating in the deliberations of the Sikkim University Bill, 2006.

Sir, at the outset, I would like to express my deep gratitude of appreciation for bringing this Bill by the present UPA Government in the educational field in the State of Sikkim. The initiatives taken by the Government in this direction is highly commendable and praiseworthy. I support this Bill moved by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Sir, India has crossed fifty-nine years of its existence as an independent democratic secular nation. During this period, we have seen both achievements and failures, and our country has to face more challenges in the coming years in order to achieve the objectives enshrined in the Indian Constitution.

Sir, India, being a country having unity in diversity, has many cultural and regional differences. We should impress upon the people of our country to have a sense of identity by enlightening them with a proper understanding.

Sir, as we all know, Sikkim State is known as a stable and peaceful State, free from all organised criminal activities, terrorism and extremism. ָ ֮֮ߵ ֤õ ߮ ֕ ן ֈ ָ֮ , ָ -Ù Ù ָ ֮ ָ֮ , ׌ ָ ֮ ֿ ֮֟ ָ ֯ ָ , ß֮ "ן Ù" "ן ֕" ֮ ֯ ׌ ׌ Ϥ , ן , ֟־ָ ֣ ֈ ֮֟ ָ ֙ ׻֋ ֓ , ֮ ֓ MCM/VK/3J ָ ָ

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