142nd Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra54831338184318650 Tamil Nadu3145202563135278 Andhra Pradesh2641421709242378 Karnataka1964941126333511 Delhi1494601343184167 Uttar Pradesh140775887862280 West Bengal98459671202059 Telangana8647563074665 Bihar8274154139450 Gujarat71064542382652 Assam5883842326145 Rajasthan5249738235789 Odisha4592731785321 Haryana4163534781483 Madhya Pradesh3902529020996 Kerala3811424922127 Jammu and Kashmir2489717003472 Punjab2390315319586 Jharkhand185168998177 Chhatisgarh12148880996 Uttarakhand96326134125 Goa871259575 Tripura6161417641 Puducherry5382320187 Manipur3752204411 Himachal Pradesh3371218114 Nagaland30119738 Arunachal Pradesh223115923 Chandigarh1595100425 Meghalaya11154986 Sikkim9105101 Mizoram6203230
Nation Current Affairs 17 Jul 2018 HECI may hamper vars ...

HECI may hamper varsities’ autonomy

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | VENKATA KONDUBHATLA
Published Jul 17, 2018, 12:53 am IST
Updated Jul 17, 2018, 12:53 am IST
Experts oppose centralising power of making appointments.
Kadiam Srihari.
 Kadiam Srihari.

Hyderabad: Participants at a brainstorming session on Monday said that the proposed Higher Education Commission of India, meant to replace the University Grants Commission, was being proposed in a manner that would hurt the autonomy of universities.

The participants, including vice-chancellors and academics, said it was not good to centralise the power of making university appointments, they said. The proposed Bill to form the HECI will wrest the powers of the states that were specified in the Constitution, they said.

 

Speaking at the session, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari said the Constitution allowed for establishing colleges and universities based on the requirement of the region. The proposed HECI Bill may put that in danger, Mr Srihari said.

The meeting was attended by TSCHE chairman T. Papi Reddy, Rajya member K. Keshava Rao, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi and vice-chancellors of various universities.

The minister said more than half the posts in Central institutions were vacant, and the Union government was not filling them. He said more time should be given to gather the opinions of people and stakeholders before implementing educational reforms. The Bill doesn’t seem to bring higher education closer to poor and weaker sections, Mr Srihari said.

 

Participants pointed out that the proposed HECI had few academics and more bureaucrats. The Centre had recently appointed vice chancellors to some universities and there was a danger that such acts might send the wrong signals to people.

The Centre has asked states governments for recommendations and concerns on the HECI Bill. The brainstorming session was held at the BR Ambedkar Open University on Monday towards this end. The minister said reforms should help universities achieve an international reputation. In-service training should be given to all the teachers right from schools to universities.

 

Mr Papi Reddy said, “We will submit a report on the meeting to the Chief Minister. After his approval, the government will make its stand clear on the Bill to the Centre by July 20.”

In Chennai, Justice A.K. Rajan, former judge of the Madras High Court said the Centre had no power either to establish, regulate or wind up universities according to the Constitution. This power is given to state legislatures under Entry 32 List 2 (state list). 

Speaking at a book release event, he said, “If the proposed HECI Act comes into existence all universities and states will be powerless as it will govern the entire higher education sector.”

 

...
Location: India, Telangana, Hyderabad




ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT