GANDHINAGAR: Self-financed technical education colleges and institutions in the state will now be able to admit students from other states to fill their supernumerary seats, according to Gujarat Professional Technical Educational Colleges or Institutions (Regulation of Admission and Fixation of Fees) (Amendment) Bill, 2013, which was passed in the state Assembly on Tuesday by a majority vote amid opposition from Congress.
The Bill, if cleared by Governor, will put the state at par with other states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Karnataka, where students from other states are offered admission in self-financed colleges.
Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said there were over 1.45 lakh seats now in a total of 642 technical colleges in the state.
Unified fire service for state on cards
The state Assembly today passed Gujarat Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Bill 2013, which proposes a unified fire service for the entire state by bringing all fire stations under one umbrella.
The Bill was passed by a majority vote in the absence of opposition Congress. The new Bill, tabled by Urban Development Minister Anandi Patel, also proposes to penalise or seal properties, be it residential, commercial or industrial, which do not have minimum required fire safety equipment. To cover the cost of operating a unified fire service, the state government may levy “fire fees” on lands and buildings.