New Delhi: The Union government is all set to take art, artists and music to new heights. With an aim to provide education of the highest standards in the field of arts, the Union Government intends to come up with a Central Innovative University for Liberal Arts. 

Liberal art refers to a study that puts greater thrust on general knowledge and developing the student's rational thought and intellectual capabilities.

The nine-member panel constituted by Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD) includes film director and playwright Girish Karnad, writer Sunil Khilnani, art historian and Professor B N Goswamy, Prof Supriya Chaudhuri and Prof Madhav Gadgil.

The expert panel has been given three months time to come up with its report suggesting the ways the proposed university ought to be developed.

According to sources, the Centre has plans to set up 14 ‘Universities for Innovation’ across the country and one such University will be dedicated to Liberal Arts.

These universities would attract quality talent, promoting education of the highest standards and conducting cutting-edge research, sources said.

Although, these Universities will be opened up on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model, the possibilities of private players entering the field of arts are minimal.

If sources are to be believed the Innovative Universities may be named after Rabindra Nath Tagore, following the ongoing celebrations of his 150th anniversary.


JPN/Bureau