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State private colleges seek inclusion in RUSA scheme

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Dimapur, September 22: Private colleges in Nagaland have sought inclusion of private colleges of Nagaland in the RUSA Scheme.
This was discussed in a meeting of the executive body of Private College Association Nagaland (PCAN) with Minister of Higher & Technical and Tribal Affairs, Government of Nagaland on September 20. They also discussed other matters related to making Nagaland State an educational hub.
A PCAN press release said the minister shared his vision of social engineers to take society forward and also to include eligible private colleges under RUSA.
The association stated that all the neighbouring states of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, etc. include private colleges under RUSA, which has speeded up their development making Nagaland educational institutes struggle to match them.
PCAN stated that there should not be differentiations between Government and private colleges, as private colleges play a role similar to Government colleges without a direct salary burden on the State.
“Private colleges provide both employment, avenues for consumer consumption and support the majority of the students in our state. However, private institutes in Nagaland are hampered because many of the institutes do not have access to adequate financial resources like loans and grants for expansion nor are the institutes able to charge fees that reflect the true cost of higher education,” reasoned PCAN.
The association assured to collaborate and be of service to the department with the larger goal to strengthen the higher education landscape of Nagaland with the aim to make Nagaland an education hub, the release said.
(Page News Service)

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