THE IMPLEMENTATION of administrative reforms in seven universities of the State has been stalled on the eve of its formal launch on September 5, with the State Higher Education Department seeking opinion from the Law Department on some of the recommendations, particularly ‘transfer of powers of registrar to teachers.’
The proposals that have raised a storm are creation of additional designations of finance controller, examination controller and academic coordinator on a par with registrar and giving vice-chancellors the powers to nominate a senior teacher or officer for these designations.
A face-off between the Raj Bhavan and State Government looks imminent as the Raj Bhavan secretariat has already conveyed its intention of setting in motion the reforms to the vice-chancellors of all the seven universities.
The Raj Bhavan had also written to the State Higher Education Department to come out with formal orders regarding the implementation of reforms.
This order was issued by Raj Bhavan after it sought the Law Department’s opinion as regards the powers of Governor in bringing about the required amendments in the statutes for implementing the reforms, and got a positive response.
Bhupal Singh, Secretary to the Governor, told Hindustan Times that while the reforms would be implemented phase-wise over a few months, the process is to be set in motion symbolically on September 5 – Teachers’ Day.
He said since the Principal Secretary of Higher Education is also Secretary of the Universities Coordination Committee, the formal order is to be issued by him.
However, taking a stand that the appointment of registrar is under jurisdiction of the State Government under the University Services Rules, the Higher Education Department on Monday referred the recommendations to the Law Department seeking opinion.
Principal Secretary, Higher Education Bhagirath Prasad said since the government was unsure about the fact as to whether teachers could have the right experience to get powers of registrar, the Law Department’s opinion has been sought.
He said if the powers of registrar are delegated to other personnel, it might cause a problem in coordination and distribution of responsibility.
Sources said the government wants to appoint its own nominees to the additional posts.