GUWAHATI, Aug 13 - The Cotton College State University (Amendment) Bill 2015, which was passed at the Assembly today, seeks to secure separate identities for Cotton College and Cotton College State University.
Education Minister Sarat Barkotoky told the Assembly that the Cotton College State University Act of 2011 had flaws and �we want to ensure that Cotton College retains its identity and grows.�
�Both will be separate entities now onwards, and the Cotton College heritage will remain,� he added.
Barkotoky said that a plot of 141 bighas would be handed over to the Cotton College State University at Sonatoli in Kamrup district besides another 16 bighas at Rupnagar in Kamrup (Metro) district.
Congress legislator Jayanta Malla Baruah opposed the Bill, saying that a better option would be to upgrade Cotton College to a university.
Barkotoky said that the original Act resulted in vesting the land and property of Cotton College with the CCSU, posing problems for the college to receive and utilize various funds, besides hindrances in getting and sustaining accreditation.
The amended Act will ensure that the existing property, land and building, and all liquid assets of Cotton College will remain with it as a constituent college of the CCSU, he said.