June 20, 2014

India’s Spicer College Granted University Status

Indian lawmakers have
approved legislation granting university status to Spicer Memorial College, a decision
that will make it one of the first two private universities in the state of

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Pune-based Spicer Memorial
College, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year, will be allowed
to change its name to Spicer Adventist University under the legislation passed
by state lawmakers this week, the Mid-Day newspaper reported.

“Unlike other
government-related universities, the state will have minimum regulatory
interference in the formation and functioning of these universities,” the
report said. “But the state will set up a regulatory board to ensure
appropriate standards of teaching, examination, research, protection of
interest of the students and reasonable service conditions of the employees.”

The decision came after the
Maharashtra government appointed a commission to consider the college’s
application for a university charter on Oct. 18, 2013, the college said in a
statement on its website.

Also this week, the Indian lawmakers
backed the establishment of Amity University in the city of Panvel. Spicer and
Amity will become Maharashtra state’s first two private universities.

Contact Adventist Review news editor Andrew McChesney at [email protected].
Twitter: @ARMcChesney

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Mid-Day article: “State Gets 2 New Private Universities”

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