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Uttar Pradesh: Universities cannot hike fees arbitrarily, says committee

UP state universities will issue an ordinance proposing fee hike and send it to the state government for approval. Within 30 days, the government will accept or reject the proposed hike.

lucknow Updated: Aug 02, 2017 15:58 IST
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Lucknow University students had staged a massive protest over hike in hostel fees.
Lucknow University students had staged a massive protest over hike in hostel fees.

Now, state universities will not be able to increase fees arbitrarily. Instead, they will issue an ordinance proposing fee hike and send it to the state government for approval.

Within 30 days, the government will accept or reject the proposed hike. But in case the government does not take any decision in this time-frame, the hike proposed by the university would become applicable on students.

NO PROPOSAL ON RETIREMENT AGE OF TEACHERS
  • The committee withheld the decision to raise retirement age of university and degree college teachers from 62 to 65 years till its next meeting that begins from August 19.
  • It will also take a call to link teachers’ promotion with their performance and performance of their students.

The committee formed by governor Ram Naik to suggest measures to bring improvement in functioning of universities submitted its report late on Monday night. It made a number of recommendations after reviewing the UP State Universities Act, 1973.

Recently, Lucknow University students had staged a massive protest over hike in hostel fees. The agitation continued for several days. Finally, the university administration buckled under pressure and decided to roll back the proposed fee hike.

The committee also recommended that the vice-chancellor of state universities in Uttar Pradesh could be given a performance-based tenure extension. While their existing term is of three years, after the recommendations of the committee, V-Cs of state varsities may get five-year tenure, just like vice-chancellors of central universities.

“We have not recommended a straight five-year term for all vice-chancellors of state universities. But if a V-C has performed well in the first three years of his tenure, he may be given an extension of another two years, conditionally. We are putting some checks and balances in place,” a committee member said.

However, the committee withheld the decision to raise retirement age of university and degree college teachers from 62 to 65 years till its next meeting that begins from August 19. The panel will also take a call to link teachers’ promotion with their performance and performance of their students.

The committee also recommended that the existing procedure of giving affiliation to colleges by the universities be scrapped.

Instead, there should be a committee comprising one SDM and one professor of the university or any principal of a degree college.

Besides, the committee will have a representative of Raj Bhawan, which could either be a retired bureaucrat/retired defence personnel/someone from judiciary who is now retired. This committee will make inspection of degree college to assess if it has all requisite facilities for students.

The inspection will be videographed and submitted to the university, which is required to take appropriate decision at a stipulated time following which it will be approved by the chancellor.

The panel has recommended that teachers could now avail leave without pay up to a period of 10 years, which was earlier five years.

In six months, the committee will also have to recommend that there be one ordinance for private universities and how to bring in qualitative improvement in their teaching. It will also take a call on functioning of self-financing degree colleges.

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Governor Ram Naik formed this committee on June 16 to recommend how to bring in reforms in UP State Universities Act, 1973. The committee was formed under the chairmanship of legal advisor to governor, SS Upadhyay.

Other members of the committee were JV Vaishampayan, vice- chancellor of Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj University, Kanpur; Prof Balraj Chauhan, former vice-chancellor of Dr RML National Law University; Madhu Joshi, special secretary in higher education department; RK Tiwari, legal advistor in higher education directorate, Allahabad and SK Shukla, acting V-C of Urdu Arbi Persian University.