Outstation students coming to study at a university may soon need to register a local guardian with the institute as part of their admission process.
Human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar has backed the need to have a local guardian for students that join a university from far-off places. He has added his suggestion to the recommendations made by the Roopanwal judicial commission, which probed into the suicide of University of Hyderabad PhD scholar Rohith Vemula.
“In my college days there used to be a local guardian system for students coming from outside. I think that was a very good system and we must bring it back,” Javadekar told HT.
A call on whether having a guardian would be made a mandatory part of the admission process will be taken later. The minister, however, didn’t elaborate on what would happen to students who don’t have a local guardian.
“There are a number of students who come from far-flung areas and don’t have guardians. So, how will you assign a guardian for them? A better thing would be to assign senior tutors to a group of students, which is done in Cambridge. Also, online counselling should be done as students prefer it since it is not face-to-face,” a former V-C said on the condition of anonymity.
The ministry has also decided to introduce induction programmes for new students as they come from various sections of society and may need to acclimatise themselves to the college atmosphere.
“In central or other universities people come from rural areas and they need a robust programme to feel at ease. There are other measures such as mentoring by the students which can be adopted. We are adding new suggestions to the recommendations made by the commission. We want all universities to come out with a system so that we will see no more suicides on campuses,” the minister said.
The Roopanwal panel also suggested the appointment of approachable academic counsellors, and the establishment of a grievance redressal cell for socially unprivileged students.
When asked about making the judicial commission’s report public, the minister said the government has six months to submit a report in Parliament.