Bundelkhand University, Jhansi
The parliamentary approval was accorded to the bill to set up a central
agricultural university in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, when the Lok Sabha passed it
on Thursday. The Rajya Sabha approved the bill on Wednesday.
The Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University Bill, 2012, seeks to
establish an agricultural varsity whose jurisdiction will extend to the
Bundelkhand region that covers seven districts in Uttar Pradesh and six in
Initially, it would establish two colleges in Jhansi and later two in Madhya
The key objectives of the university will be to impart education in different
branches of agriculture and allied sciences, undertake research in agriculture
and programmes of extension education in Bundelkhand region, and to promote
linkages with national and international educational institutes.
Participating in the discussion before the bill was passed in the Lok Saha,
Saugata Roy of the Trinamool Congress said the land is very infertile in the
"It is very important to do research to do dry farming in the region," Roy
Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Arjun Meghwal also supported the bill and
commended the government for naming the university after freedom fighter Rani
Samajwadi Party member Shailendra Kumar also supported the bill.
The bill was then passed amid din created by members who were demanding
special status to Bihar.
Courtesy : Zee News