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Governor Jamir calls for reforms in higher education
Published on 8 Apr. 2009 12:46 AM IST
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Maharashtra Governor S. C. Jamir on Tuesday expressed the need for major reforms in the university system to create congenial atmosphere in campuses for the healthy growth of higher education. Calling for the reconstitution of the Search Committee for the selection of Vice Chancellors, Jamir said the Committee should have eminent people as members. This according to him would reduce political interference in the selection of Vice Chancellors. The Governor was addressing a special meeting of Vice Chancellors, Pro Vice Chancellors and heads of academic institutions at Raj Bhavan convened to discuss the Interim Report of the Prof Yashpal Committee on ‘Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education.’ Chairman of the Committee Prof Yashpal and member of the Committee Prof Govardhan Mehta were present on the occasion. The Governor said, vice chancellors are heavily occupied with administrative work and routine complaints and had little time to work for the academic growth of their institutions. He said only persons who could contribute to the development of the university should be selected as members on bodies like Senate, Academic Council and Management Council. Jamir said teachers of the University must be selected purely on merit. The Governor welcomed the recommendation of the Yashpal Committee that proposes creating an all-encompassing apex body, the Higher Education Commission, to replace the UGC, AICTE, NCTE and other regulatory bodies. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Yashpal called for starting “a freedom movement in higher education”, to free universities of excessive bureaucratic controls. He said, universities should be self-regulated bodies having autonomy to decide their goals, design courses and syllabi. The Prof Yashpal Committee was constituted by the Government of India in February 2008 to review the functioning of the UGC and AICTE and assess their role and preparedness in providing leadership to the emerging demands of access, equity and relevance and quality of higher education, technical education and the university system.

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