New Delhi: Even as the Centre is trying to jack up enrolment rate of students in higher education and willing to allocate funds for establishing new colleges, state governments seem to be lackluster in backing the government move.

The Central Government is planning to set up 374 model degree colleges in educationally backward districts, but the move is not getting adequate support from state governments as they are not taking interests to send even proposal to the Centre for setting up college.

The Centre introduced the plan in February last year for setting up degree colleges in educationally backward districts.

The motive behind the plan is to raise the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) for higher education from 12.4 percent to 16 percent by the end of March next year and 21 percent by the end of 12th five-year plan (2012-17).

The average rate of GER for higher education at global level stands at 27.4 percent.

According to sources, the cost of setting up a college will hover between Rs 4-8 crore in which the Centre and state will bear the expenses in the ratio of 1:2.

According to sources, “The University Grants Commission (UGC) has received only 125 proposals from 18 states till May 31 out of which 54 proposals have been approved while the remaining 46 are under consideration.” 31 proposals have been rejected on account of deficiencies, sources said.

From a big state like Uttar Pradesh, only 6 proposals have been received so far out of which 5 proposals have been approved while one is under consideration.