GUWAHATI: The State Cabinet today took many important decisions. Among others, the Cabinet approved a new framework for UG and PG course. The Cabinet also approved the speed limits vis-à-vis types of roads in the State for various modes of vehicles. The Cabinet issued guidelines that all departments must incorporate while submitting proposals to the Cabinet for approval.
In a significant move to prevent road accidents, the Cabinet has approved the speed limits vis-à-vis types of roads in the State for various modes of vehicles– from two-wheelers to heavy vehicles. Addressing media persons today, minister Keshab Mahanta said that all drivers and riders would have to abide by the speed limits differing from road to road.
The maximum speed limits approved are as follows – for bikes, 80 km/hr on 4-lane national highways, 60 km/hr on state highways and 50 km/hr on municipality area roads; for three-wheelers, 50 km/hr on 4-lane national highways, 50 km/hr on state highways and 40 km/hr on municipality area roads; for 8-seater vehicles (non-commercial), 100 km/hr on 4-lane national highways, 70 km/hr on state highways and 60 km/hr on municipality area roads; for 8-seater plus vehicles, 80 km/hr on 4-lane national highways, 70 km/hr on state highways and 60 km/hr on municipality area roads; for passenger buses, 70 km /hr on 4-lane national highways, 50 km/hr on state highways and 40 km/hr on municipality area roads; and for goods-carrying vehicles, 70 km/hr on 4-lane national highways,60 km/hr on state highways and 40 km/hr on municipality area roads.
The Cabinet decided to launch the Assam Millet Mission to ensure that all the nutritious food provided under various government schemes are produced in the State itself. Under the Assam Millet Mission, bajra and jowar will now be produced in the State.
Mahanta said that the Cabinet had approved certain criteria for submission of proposals by government departments to the Cabinet for approval. All scheme proposals must mention the following details – what is the scope of employment generation, how it will make the State self-reliant, what is the public accountability and how it will benefit the State in the future.
To ensure that the syllabus for higher education is in sync with the New Education Policy (NEP), the Cabinet approved the new framework which will be applicable for all UG/PG programmes or any other similar programmes in existing 3+2 pattern or any integrated pattern. The existing Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) will be revised in line with NEP guidelines and there will be no hard separation between streams, curricular and extra-curricular vocational and academic arena.
For undergraduate programmes, certificates will be given after completing two semesters, diploma after four semesters and degree after six semesters. Students will get Bachelor's degree with research after completing four-year programme if they complete a rigorous research project.
All 96 newly-established high schools in tea garden areas across the State will be inaugurated on May 25 and May 26. Enrollment for these schools has started. On May 31, a public meeting will be held in every district of the State to celebrate three years completion of the Narendra Modi government.
The State Cabinet today approved the Rs 1000-crore loan extended by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for setting up the Assam Skill University.