CONTENTIOUS administrative reforms in the State’s universities will have to wait till the next meeting of the full committee of the Universities’ Coordination Committee (UCC), which is unlikely before Diwali.
At their meeting on Saturday night at Raj Bhavan, Governor Dr Balram Jakhar and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan agreed to have the reforms reviewed by the UCC. The meeting thawed the coldness in their relations over the reform issue.
Subsequently, the Chief Minister met the Governor again on Monday and later both dined at the CM House on Tuesday night.
However, the Governor is still firm on the reform agenda being implemented without basic changes, say Raj Bhavan sources. Normally, a one-month notice period is required to convene a UCC meeting. An emergency meeting can, however, be called within a week.
Raj Bhavan sources said it has been decided that the UCC meeting be scheduled after Diwali. A date is yet to be finalised. The reforms are mainly aimed at: one, de-linking the examination process from financial matters in the day-to-day administration; two, designating senior professors as examination controller and finance controller, equivalent to the registrar.
The idea is to make the examination process independent and confidential. In the financial dealings, it is being proposed that there should be an input of academics in these matters as the funding of the State Government is slowly decreasing whereas the inputs of the University Grants Commission (UGC), various external donors and self-finance schemes are increasing.
The bone of the contention is the proposed decentralisation of administrative powers coupled with curtaining the pivotal role of registrar as the administrative executive.
It is expected that the will of the Governor and Chancellor Dr Jakhar will prevail in this matter, although changes might come a little slow.
1 Reforms to be reviewed
2 Chill in Governor, Chief Minister ties thaws
3 Month’s time needed to convene UCC
4 Governor likely to prevail
5 Changes will be slow