THE ADMINISTRATIVE reforms in State’s universities might not be implemented in the present form with the Law and Finance departments coming out with negative opinions on the recommendations of the V-Cs committee on this issue.
Consequently, the State Government has reportedly made up its mind to either suggest to the Chancellor and Governor Dr Balram Jakhar to himself review the recommendations or put them before the full committee of the Universities Coordination Committee (UCC) for review. Principal Secretary, Higher Education is likely to convey the State Government’s suggestion to the Governor.
The reform recommendations had been approved by the standing committee of the UCC and the Chancellor subsequently approved them for implementation without their being put up before the full committee of the UCC.
It is learnt that Finance Department has made it clear that only State Government- appointed registrars would have financial powers in the university. The Law Department has also given a negative opinion on appointment of teachers on the posts equivalent to registrar.
Also, there seems to be a clear opinion in the Higher Education department that if the reforms are implemented in present format, the academic work at the universities that are already short of senior teaching staff would greatly suffer.
Earlier, there were speculations that since the Law department had given positive opinion to the Raj Bhavan regarding implementation of reforms, it might not change the opinion. However, it is learnt that the Law Department asked for additional documents from the State Government on the basis of which it came out with a negative opinion. When contacted, Principal Secretary of Higher Education department Dr Bhagirath Prasad said that the department is yet to receive official opinion from the Law Department and is expecting it in a day or two.