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Varsity reforms still on hold

india Updated: Nov 25, 2006 15:50 IST

WITH THE trump card on implementation in its hands, Raj Bhavan has decided to go slow on the formal announcement of initiation of university reforms. Raj Bhavan sources said the chancellor was in no hurry to come out with the formal announcement because the reforms would come into practical effect only during the next academic session (2007-08).

Another important reason the Raj Bhavan was holding back the announcement as of now was that the MP State University Officers’ Association had gone to court against the proposed reforms and the MP High Court had asked the State Government and the Raj Bhavan to file replies on the matter.

The next hearing of the case is scheduled next week and Raj Bhavan is waiting to see the course the case takes before taking any further step.

Sources said having cleared all major hurdles in the way of implementation, the Raj Bhavan wanted the announcement and implementation to come with a totally clear background and was thus waiting for the petition by the university officers either to be dismissed or reach its logical conclusion.

University officers have gone to court, as they (registrars) are the ones to be most affected by the reforms. The proposed university reforms have provisions for three designations equivalent to the post of registrar – to be filled up by the vice-chancellors from among senior teaching faculty. This is being seen as empowerment of vice-chancellors and clipping the wings of registrars.

The State Government had also initially taken objection to the reforms mainly because along with the registrars it would make the Government’s impact less in universities – since  registrars are  State university service cadre officers.

However, the lame end to the high-profile controversy on implementation of the university reforms that saw the State Government and the Raj Bhavan at loggerheads for some time came on November 13 when during the meeting of the Universities’ Coordination Committee (UCC), Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, himself proposed the Governor be solely authorised for the implementation. With this card in its hand, the Raj Bhavan is waiting for the opportune moment to make the formal announcement.