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CPM for ordinance to keep check on pvt varsities

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Shimla, October 20, 2013
First Published: 18:50 IST(20/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:52 IST(20/10/2013)

The Communist Party of India, Marxist, (CPM) has demanded the state government to take up the matter with the UPA government to bring an ordinance to empower the states to set up regulatory commission to enforce UGC norms.

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The party laid stress on the need to protect the students from exploitation at the hands of private institutions which were only interested in making money.

In a press release issued here on Sunday, CPM state member secretariat Tikender Singh Panwar said, "The party has termed the dissolution of the state regulatory commission set up over private institutions of the state as unfortunate."

The party stated it would have widespread horrendous implications over higher education in the private sector and would put a big question mark at the credibility of the entire education system functioning in the state.

The implication would lead to no mechanism left to regulate the private universities and it could lead to a free-for-all situation as was the case before the commission was set up, he alleged.

Panwar alleged that there were no hidden facts that how the private institutions and especially the private universities in blatant violation of the norms, with UGC in no position to enforce them, have denigrated the entire system of higher education.

"There have been cases where three important components of higher learning that is the faculty, admission procedure and fees structure have been kept at bay and these universities are being run at the whims and fancies of the individual owners who have placed themselves either as pro-chancellors or even chancellors," he alleged.

The CPM has demanded the state government to take up the issue seriously and has suggested that since there is no control over these private universities, they should be scrapped and the acts by which they have come into being should be dissolved immediately.

"All private universities acts should be put to rest so that the core reason of their running i.e. to mint money is not allowed," he said.

The party has also called upon the people, particularly the students and teacher bodies, to build pressure on government to bring an ordinance.

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