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India’s Spicer College Granted University Status

Spicer Memorial College will be allowed to change its name to Spicer Adventist University.

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 Maharashtra.

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 Twitter: @ARMcChesney

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

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