Kokrajhar varsity Bill passed

GUWAHATI, Jan 13 – The State Assembly today passed the Bodoland University Bill, 2009 which is meant to set up a teaching and affiliating university at Kokrajhar in the Bodoland Territorial Administrative District (BTAD) area.

The statement of objects of the bill stated that the State Government decided in principle to upgrade the campus Gauhati University at Kokrajhar into a full-fledged separate university.

Replying to the debate on the bill, Education Minister Gautam Bora said that the bill was drafted in line with the legislations prepared for the universities of Gauhati University and Dibrugarh.

The academic council of the university will determine the area of its academic focus, said the Minister.

The Assembly also passed The Assam Entry Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2009, The Assam Taxation (Liquidation of Arrear Dues) (Amendment) Bill, 2009, The Assam Professions, Trades, Callings and Employments Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2009, The Assam Taxation (On Specified Lands) (Amendment) Bill, 2009, The Assam Agricultural Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2009, The Assam Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2009, The Assam Amusements and Betting Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2009, The Registration (Assam Amendment) Bill, 2009.