One rule Punjab based universities Regulatory Authority
Process begins to set-up Regulatory Authority for Universities as 30 V-Cs to meet today
Once again, the issue to set up regulatory authority for universities of Punjab has come under discussion. This issue was announced in the Punjab assembly during the last budget session. Interestingly, the same issue was raised during the previous government two times. The draft was prepared, but pressure from the private universities and weak draft, the issue had been put aside. Now it is getting ready. A meeting of all vice-chancellors of government, private and deemed universities will be conducted on Wednesday for their views. This will be the first step towards the process to establish Regulatory Authority for One rule for all Punjab-based universities.During the past budget session of Punjab Legislative Assembly, the matter of alleged irregularities by private universities and private colleges was revealed. Some MLAs from all parties had raised the issue of irregularity, monopoly of private educational institutions that how some private universities are selling degrees for earning money. Then the government had announced the creation of a Regulatory Authority for private universities and colleges in Punjab.It was said in the House that such educational institutions are creating unemployment. The education department was asked to prepare the draft. The rules in the proposed authority are including regulating admissions, fixing fee structure, ensuring students attendance in such academic institutions and other academic reforms. Two months have passed. If see to the progress, then the first meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 6.Earlier it was believed that the admissions to be held in August would be under the new Regulatory Authority. But circumstances to oppose this proposed regulatory authority had already been created. Almost 1,000 non-aided colleges have protested by saying that there are already such types of monitoring organisations.The meeting will be attended by Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Health and Medical Education Minister Brahm Mohindra and Higher Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary. According to information received, earlier it was decided to bring the private universities under this authority, but later it was decided to bring all the universities in the state under this proposed authority. It is worth mentioning that in Punjab there are 11 government, 16 private and three deemed universities.
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