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Go-ahead to Governor on reforms

The Universities Coordination Committee on Monday empowered the Chancellor to implement the controversial university administrative reforms on Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan?s suggestion.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 16:46 IST

The Universities Coordination Committee on Monday empowered the Chancellor to implement the controversial university administrative reforms on Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s suggestion.

The reform agenda had brought the Raj Bhawan and the State Government face to face over certain provisions, especially on registrar’s powers vis-à-vis the vice chancellor’s.

The reform agenda hit the legal roadblock after the Raj Bhawan announced its implementation on September 5 –the Teachers Day.

The Higher Education Department sought fresh opinions of Law and Finance departments and put a brake on its implementation. A face-off ensued. As the controversy snowballed, the Chief Minister promised he would abide by the decision of the UCC on this issue. On Monday he kept the promise.

However, a quid pro quo is also being surmised in the Chief Minister’s acquiescence to the UCC decision. The Chancellor was said to be unhappy with the provision of the recently passed Sanskrit University Bill that empowered the Chief Minister to appoint the V-C. The Governor is yet to give his assent to the bill. The Monday move could be a bargaining chip to get the Governor’s assent to the bill.

With the UCC full committee formally authorising the Chancellor to take decisions, the way is paved to push the administrative reforms in their original form. Fresh announcement regarding their implementation would come in a few days, according to Raj Bhavan sources.

The sources added that not many changes are likely in the reform agenda that was ratified by the UCC standing committee in August this year. The most contentious point in the reform package is creation of three posts equivalent to that of the registrar.

These are Examination Controller, Financial Controller and Academic Coordinator. The orders for amendment to statutes 2, 3, 4, 20 and 21 and Ordinance 5, 6, 7, and 8 and addition of new statutes 3 (a) and 21 (a) – necessary to bring about the reforms had already been issued by the Governor and the Raj Bhavan had directed implementation from September 5.

First Published: Nov 14, 2006 16:46 IST