Dispur, March 9: Assam government aims to set up the University of Cotton after the government passed the Cotton University bill on Wednesday. The bill aims to create one of the best Cotton Universities not only of India but of the whole world.As per The Cotton University Act, 2017, which was passed today, Cotton College, the premier educational institute of the north east which was established here in 1901, will give away all its assets, funds and other properties to the new Cotton University (CU). Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that “It was a historic moment and thus the state government will initiate all possible measures to make Cotton University one of the best varsities not only of India but of the world.”
Sarma also spoke about his dream and shared that he has a dream of developing Cotton University on the lines of Oxford University for which he will need support and cooperation of all stakeholders. “The government will move ahead with an open and liberal mind to develop the new university. Funds will not be a constraint to make Cotton University one of the best universities in the country. The university will soon be converted into a centre of excellence.”
Justifying the move as it was opposed by certain quarters including the Cotton College Union Society (CCUS), Sarma mentioned there were conflicts of interest between Cotton College and Cotton College State University (CCSU) in recent years. “The government is ready to provide up to Rs 500 crore to the new university,” informed Sarma.
“A high-powered expert panel constituted by the BJP-led government last year recommended for creation of a single institution of higher education by clubbing both Cotton College and CCSU,” he informed, “The committee further recommended that the conflicts of interest would not end but rather deepen if Cotton College and CCSU continue to exist as separate entities. This would not have been in the greater interests of students and academic atmosphere of the state.”
It is to be mentioned here that vice-chancellor of Tezpur University Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri who headed the expert panel is ready to take charge of Cotton University provided Assam government pumped inadequate funds to develop it into a centre of excellence.