The Chhattisgarh cabinet passed the proposals of higher education department for setting up five new universities in the state.
Three would be government universities and two private universities. The two private universities would be set up by Kalinga University and the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI).
The Kalinga university will be set up in Arang of Raipur district while the ICFAI university will come up near Dhamdha in Durg district, sources added.
The medical university will be set up in Raipur while the other two government universities will be set up in Ambikapur and Jagdalpur.
Sources said the medical university would be known as Chhattisgarh Ayush Evum Swasthya Vigyan Vishwavidyalaya (or Chhattisgarh health and medical sciences university). Allopathy, homeopathy, ayurvedic, dental and physiotherapy departments and a nursing college would come under the medical university.
The colleges in Bastar and Sarguja region would now be affiliated to the universities coming up in Jagdalpur and Ambikapur respectively. Earlier, the colleges in Bastar were affiliated to Pt Ravishankar Shukla university in Raipur and those in Sarguja to Guru Ghasidas university in Bilaspur.