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Govt to bring education reforms soon: Sibal
Published on 24 Jun. 2009 11:26 PM IST
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Stating that the government was committed to improve and reform education standards in India, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal said Wednesday an apex panel on higher education will be formed soon. The autonomous National Commission for Higher Education and Research, which will encompass in itself the existing professional councils and regulatory agencies, including the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Medical Council of India and the AICTE, will be formed within the first 100 days of the new government, Sibal told reporters. The new education commission is a key recommendation of a government appointed committee headed by well known educationist Professor Yashpal that was formed to advise on renovation and rejuvenation of higher education in India. “We will try and ensure the implementation of the Yashpal Committee report in 100 days. Whatever has to be done must be done today for an inclusive and quality education,” Sibal said. ‘Won’t let UGC close like a factory’ Yashpal committee’s recommendation that UGC be done away with has created a furore in the apex regulatory body with its officers’ association claiming that employees of the commission were not consulted. Two days before the report was finalised, officers’ union of UGC wrote to Yashpal stating that while restructuring of statutory bodies like UGC/AICTE may help in better governance of higher education, the committee “did not consult employees of UGC who have worked for two-three decades”. M V Krishnaswamy of the officers’ association said, “We will see that UGC is not closed like a factory. We are not against recommendations but interest of employees should be given top priority.” Asked about the next course of action, he said, “We will wait.” However, a member of the Yashpal committee criticised the officers’ association for making such allegations. “Our brief was not to talk to UGC employees. Then, we should have spoken to employees of every regulatory body. Moreover, we were functioning out of UGC office for so long. How come this issue was not raised when we gave the interim report. Representation has come at the fag end,” he said. The union said it “strongly resents any move which will directly or indirectly affect career of employees of UGC”.

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