Shimla : The CPIM has lashed out at the HP Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission (HPPEIRC) for becoming a proxy body of the P.K.Dhumal led Himachal Pradesh government .
CPIM leader Tikender Panwar said here Sunday that it was shocking to note that the recent meeting of the commission was chaired by chief minister Dhumal instead of the chairperson of the regulator .
The party has questioned the wisdom for such a commission when it is serving the interests of the state government and has till date not penalised any institution a single penny despite rampant violations of the norms in these private universities.
He said it seems that the cat is out of the bag now and all euphoria created by the state government for providing quality education and ensuring private universities are under the radar of surveillance of HPPEIRC stands belied.
He alleged the same state government stands indicted for selling out education particularly higher education for maximisation of profits by the private educational shops has also to decide and prevail upon the defects and discrepancies the result is for all to see .
The CPIM has stated the private universities and the state government are playing with the careers and money of the students studying in these institutions .
There have been instances where the private universities have admitted students with class 10 qualification for 5 years integrated courses in engineering and management.
This is not permissible under the law. First the students should have passed class 12 and only then can a student be eligible for an engineering and management degree.
“Now with their careers at stake they have no alternative left. The party has asked both the state government and the management of the private universities to return back their money and pay adequate compensation to such students whose future has been ruined by them.
Similarly there has been large scale admissions in the Phd course, despite the fact that they hardly have any faculty to act as guides,”Panwar said .
The CPIM has stated, the HPPEIRC is acting as a mere rubber stamp of the BJP government and has not acted in the interests of the students .
The commission has violated the basic mandate that states, “It shall be the duty of the commission to ensure that standards of admissions, teaching examination, research , extension programme, qualified teachers……… In case of failure of educations institutions to meet the standards laid down , the commission shall have the power to penalize the educational institutions under section 11 of the act and in case of successive failure of an institution to meet the standards, the commission may recommend to the state government/ regulatory body for the winding up of the institution”.
He said the functioning of the commission has shelved the mandate and has worked in consonance with the state governments whims and wishes. The party has asked the commission to be more responsive and act in the interests of the state and the students.
In the last four years a dozen private universities have been set up across Himachal . Another dozen are in the pipeline .
Interestingly even if the BJP student body the ABVP has this month severely criticised the random opening up of universities calling it a front for real estate business .
Critics have pointed out loopholes in the current system which allows these private universities to be closed down after 25 years and use the land for any other business the owners wish .
Most of these universities have been given special permssion by the state cabinet to buy land in rural by the Himachal cabinet to set up educational institutions .