INDIA: Process started for 12 central universities

The Indian government has initiated the process of establishing 12 new central universities by starting to select their sites, reports The Hindu. Several government committees have started visiting sites offered by state governments to assess their "suitability". States are supposed to provide about 500 acres of land free for the setting up of a central university.

"One committee has visited the site offered by Punjab. Very soon two committees will visit the proposed sites in Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh," a senior ministry official said. The committees would mainly study the availability of required land, connectivity to the place by air, rail, road and other facilities at the locations.

The ball started rolling after cabinet last week approved the establishment of the universities, which are intended to be centres of excellence.
Full report on The Hindu site