Guv, CM agree: Corruption in education must go
GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar today said corruption in education would not be tolerated under any circumstances and reminded that vice-chancellors of a few State universities were sacked on corruption charges.india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 01:32 IST
GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar today said corruption in education would not be tolerated under any circumstances and reminded that vice-chancellors of a few State universities were sacked on corruption charges.
The Governor was addressing the Vice-Chancellors’ Conference at the Raj Bhavan, here on Monday.
He regretted that university teachers were running coaching centers instead of taking regular classes in their respective universities and said that all coaching centers be registered to identify black sheep.
He alleged that inspection teams of universities took money from degree colleges for a favourable report. The Governor said it was the responsibility of vice-chancellors to keep a close vigil on their subordinates. He underlined the need for complete transparency in the functioning of registrars and controller of accounts in universities.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, speaking at the same function, expressed serious concern over discrimination and inequality in the field of education and warned against serious consequences, while emphasising that reservation policy should be implemented in an effective manner in universities.
He underlined the need for strict measures to check copying but at the same time, clarified that he was not in favour of sending students to jail for cheating, as copying was not a ‘crime’ but a ‘mistake’ which could be corrected.
He announced that permission to appoint teachers on contract would soon be granted and their remuneration would also be raised.
The Chief Minister urged vice-chancellors to mobilise resources, though the Government had already increased the financial assistance to State universities from Rs 21 crore in 2003-04 to Rs 70 crore in the current financial year.
The Governor urged the VCs to fix time for meeting students and common men to solve their grievances and said that every university should have its academic calendar and due importance should be given to regular attendance of students. He said that meritorious but poor students should also get an opportunity for higher education.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav said that the universities should forward proposals for affiliation after confirming that all standards had been met and added that a student abstaining from classes should not be allowed to appear at the final examination.
Mulayam Singh Yadav assured the vice-chancellors that he would discuss all suggestions given by them with the Governor and said that the Government would extend all possible assistance to the universities to improve academic standards.
He said that absence of basic amenities and unequal opportunities were the root cause of the Naxalite movement and it could be solved by providing equal opportunities to all. The Chief Minister said that there was no dearth of talent and underlined the need for proper steps to check brain drain.
Higher Education Minister Ram Asrey Vishkarma, Principal Secretary Higher Education Rajiv Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Governor Luv Verma, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Anil Kumar and vice-chancellors of 14 universities participated in the conference and gave valuable suggestions for improving academic standards in universities.