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Two Universities in Gujarat to get national status

Gandhinagar: Gujarat based Raksha Shakti University will get national level status. A related bill was passed in the Lok Sabha to upgrade Rakha Shakti University as institute if national importance.

A bill seeks to upgrade the Gujarat-based Raksha Shakti University as an institution of national importance and also change its name. According to proposals under Rashtriya Raksha University Bill, 2020, the Rashtriya Raksha University (in place of Raksha Shakti University) will be a multi-disciplinary institution to create new knowledge through research and collaboration with different stakeholders. While the Raksha Shakti University was a state university, the Rashtriya Raksha University will be a central institute.

It will also help to fulfill the need for a pool of trained professionals with specialised knowledge and new skill sets in various wings of policing, criminal justice system and correctional administration, it said.

The objective of the bill is to declare the Rashtriya Raksha University as an institution of national importance. At present, there are only few institutions in the country which provide the environment, infrastructure and specialisation for imparting education in police sciences and internal security to meet the demands of modern, citizen-centric policing. Hence, there is a need to develop perspectives, undertake research and impart knowledge in the domain of policing and allied areas to the youth aspiring to join police and security forces at national level, the bill says.

To address the aforesaid, it is proposed to establish the Rashtriya Raksha University by upgrading the Raksha Shakti University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, established under the State Act, that is, the Raksha Shakti University Act, 2009 by the Government of Gujarat as an institution of national importance, it says.

National Forensic Science University

A bill to establish a National Forensic Sciences University by upgrading the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University was passed by LoK Sabha on Sunday without a debate. Proposed Central University’s headquarters will be in Gandhinagar. The Centre will give 100 per cent grant to this university.

The National Forensic Sciences University Bill was introduced in the House in March during the last session. When it came up for passage, it was passed without a debate.

Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy moved the bill for consideration and passage.

The proposed university would facilitate and promote studies and research and help achieve excellence in the field of forensic science in conjunction with applied behavioural science studies, law, criminology and other allied areas.