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Uttarakhand plans umbrella law for all state-run, private universities and medical colleges

The proposed law would ensure that private universities refrain from charging exorbitant fee. It will replace Uttar Pradesh University Act, 1973, which has been in force since Uttarakhand’s formation in 2000

dehradun Updated: Oct 24, 2017 20:55 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Private medical colleges are often accused of charging exorbitant fee, an official said, adding the new law will check that. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The Uttarakhand government will soon enact a comprehensive law uniformly governing all private and state run universities and medical colleges to remove administrative hurdles and to provide quality accessible education for students

The decision was taken to remove the administrative hurdles that arose owing to a separate law each governing private-run universities and medical colleges and state universities as well as medical colleges

“It will be a kind of umbrella act, which will uniformly govern all private and state universities and medical colleges. The idea is to ensure that quality higher education is also easily accessible to students from the poor sections of the society,” additional secretary, higher education, Ranjit Kumar Sinha told HT. “

Such (administrative) hurdles kept the quality education away from the reach of the students from the poor sections of the society,” Sinha said, adding the proposed law would replace the Uttar Pradesh University Act, 1973, which has been in force since Uttarakhand’s formation in 2000. “It will be replaced with the Uttarakhand University Act after the proposed law will be passed in the assembly.”

Under the proposed law, the government would ensure that private universities “refrain” from charging exorbitant fee from students. In that connection, Sinha gave the example of a private medical college that “charges” Rs 12 lakh per annum. “Even the highest paid government officers can’t afford to pay such an exorbitant fee for their wards,” he said, adding the fee structure wouldn’t be left to the whims and fancies of the private universities.

“We will also ensure that state universities and medical colleges have infrastructural facilities so that students can access quality education,” Sinha said, adding efforts were on to create a fund. “The budget will be arranged through international donor agencies,” he said, referring to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. “A proposal was submitted to the planning department, which is awaiting its clearance.”

Prof Lalit Tiwari of Kumaon University said in the absence of a uniform law, many state and private universities “remain deprived of facilities other (universities) are” legally entitled to. “We have long been demanding for an umbrella law so that all state universities can be uniformly governed and administrative and other anomalies can be removed,” the Kumaon University Teachers’ Association (KUTA) president said.

First Published: Oct 24, 2017 20:55 IST