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SHIMLA: Fighting allegations relating to promotion of private universities over public ones, the government on Tuesday expressed incapability of setting up more institutions of higher learning.

Addressing media, education minister Ishwar Dass Dhiman said of the 19 private universities that were issued the letters of intent, 11 had been set up. He said the areas of Chamba, Mandi and Kullu districts were a priority, as no private university had been sanctioned at these places.

Fending off opposition charges of providing government land to these institutions, he said, "No such land had been allotted. Congress is leading a misinformation campaign, which is harming the new institutions and the students."

He said the state's gross enrollment ratio (GER) in colleges and universities was 18%, which was higher than the national level of 12% but the target was to raise it to 25% by 2016-2017.

Government uses 19% of its budget on education and to keep Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) functional, an annual grant of about Rs 50 crore was being provided.

He said the 11 private universities had enrolled 5,865 students for the current session and had provided employment to 2,044 people.

The education minister said the degree courses available in these universities were accepted all over the country. "To maintain education standards and to regulate the administrative systems, an education regulatory commission would be constituted soon," Dhiman said.


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