Pvt var­si­ties free of govt con­trol in the pipe­line

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bra­jesh Ku­mar let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Ed­u­ca­tion in In­dia could turn the page to a new chap­ter with the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice ask­ing the hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment min­istry to fast-track a plan to set up 10 pri­vate au­ton­o­mous uni­ver­si­ties for re­search and in­no­va­tion.

The move could pave the way for world-class pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions for higher stud­ies to come up in the coun­try.

Th­ese in­sti­tutes, un­like the cur­rent lot of pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties reg­u­lated by the Univer­sity Grant Com­mis­sion, will be free of gov­ern­ment con­trol and have their own curriculum and fees. They will have full au­ton­omy in hir­ing fac­ulty and all other as­pects of ad­min­is­tra­tion, sources said.

On the lines of Stan­ford and Prince­ton uni­ver­si­ties in the US, th­ese uni­ver­si­ties will pro­vide stu­dents mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture for re­search and in­no­va­tion in dif­fer­ent fields, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion and tech­nol­ogy, medicine, agri­cul­ture and biotech­nol­ogy.

“The di­rec­tive from the PMO is be­ing de­lib­er­ated in the min­istry and we could soon come out with a frame­work to set up such uni­ver­si­ties,” an HRD min­istry of­fi­cial said. But an­other of­fi­cial said there was no clar­ity on how this could be achieved.

“If th­ese are set up through an act of Par­lia­ment such as in­sti­tutes of na­tional im­por­tance, in­clud­ing AIIMs, IITs or NITs, the gov­ern­ment will have to pass sep­a­rate bills for each univer­sity. Again, if they come into ex­is­tence by mod­i­fy­ing the UGC act, they will have to fol­low the reg­u­la­tory body’s guide­lines,” he said.

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