Govt on course to regulate private universities in state

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jaipur
  • Updated: Apr 10, 2015 13:17 IST

Higher education minister Kalilcharan Saraf on Thursday said the government would introduce an ordinance to set up a regulatory commission for private universities.

The government’s proposal comes after All India Council for Technical Education and Rajasthan Technical University derecognised Ajmer Institute of Technology on January 23 this year for submitting fake papers at the time of seeking recognition.

Saraf said there were 40 private universities in the state and the proposed regulator would enable the government to monitor them and intervene in case of any wrongdoing.

He said the Regulatory Commission Bill was with the department of law for vetting and the gover nment would introduce an ordinance after the department gave the go ahead.

The minister said the proposed regulator would investigate wrongdoings in issues such as fees, salary, syllabus, appointments and affiliation.

The minister also said the target for the gross enrollment ratio (GER) was 25.2% as per the 12th Five Year Plan — which could not be achieved without the cooperation of private universities and colleges.

The minister said the state’s GER was 18.2% and it was ranked 21st in the higher education in the country.

Meanwhile, the RNB Global University, Bikaner, Bill 2015, was passed in the House on Thursday after discussion. It will enable the government to set up the university in Bikaner.

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