THE SENIOR Secretaries’ Committee on Thursday approved the draft of the Private Universities’ Bill without any major changes. The approval has almost cleared the way for the bill to be presented in the budget session of the State Assembly and turn it into the Act.
However, before going to the State Assembly, the draft Bill will be looked into by the Law Department to clear it of legal implications and then it will be presented to the State Cabinet for approval. Sources, however, said there is likelihood of some changes being introduced in the draft by the Cabinet in keeping with the suggestions of the saffron cadre made during an informal gathering on January 5.
The go-ahead from the Law Department will just be a formality as the Law Secretary PP Tiwari had attended major meetings during the preparatory and approval stages of the draft bill.
The Senior Secretaries Committee, including Additional Chief Secretary Vinod Choudhary, Principal Secretary (PS) of Higher Education Dr Bhagirath Prasad, PS of Law P P Tiwari, PS of Technical Education Dilip Mehra and Commissioner, Higher Education S N Mishra approved the draft bill during Thursday’s meeting.
The highlight of the bill is the limited role of Governor in the private universities to be set up under the proposed act. The Governor, who is Chancellor of all government universities, will only be a visitor to the private universities.
The universities will have private individuals as chancellors and these chancellors will wield maximum powers in running universities, including appointment of the vice-chancellors.
Sources said that the Governor in his capacity as a visitor would only have the powers to seek information or documents related to the university and issue directives on any issue or action that might go against the Act or its statutes. The Governor will, however, chair the convocations of these universities.