GBTU-MTU merger ‘for students’ sake’

The SP government on Saturday reverted another decision of the Mayawati government by giving approval to the merger of Gautam Budha Technical University (GBTU) of Lucknow and Mahamaya Technical University (MTU) of Noida, thereby reconstituting the UP Technical University (UPTU). The decision was taken at the cabinet meeting. During the previous Mayawati regime, the UPTU was bifurcated into GBTU and MTU in 2010.

The government said it took the decision in the "interest of the students and to bring uniformity in their studies, syllabus and examination". "All the institutions affiliated under GBTU and MTU will now be treated as affiliated to UPTU. The GBTU staff will be adjusted in UPTU while the MTU did not have any regular staff," stated the official press release of the government.

The cabinet also approved another poll promise of Samajwadi Party for providing battery-operated rickshaws. State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) has been made the nodal department and the scheme will be applicable in all the districts. The beneficiaries will be provided motor/battery/solar battery operated rickshaw free of cost replacing their manual rickshaw. A budgetary allocation of Rs 100 crore has been done in present fiscal for the scheme.

The state cabinet also approved Asra Housing Scheme which will be implemented by Department of Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation. Under the scheme, houses of 25 square metres will be constructed at the cost of Rs 2.50 lakh each in minority dominated habitats and urban slums. These houses will be provided free of cost to the beneficiaries who live in minority dominated habitat and urban slums whose monthly income does not exceed Rs 6000.

Cabinet decisions

For the post-metric scholarships, the income limit of parents has been fixed at Rs 2 lakh per annum. The benefit will be extended to UP students studying in other states.

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