CPI(M) for white paper on private universities in Himachal

Shimla: Taking cognizance of private universities have formed a forum, Communist Party of India (Marxists) reiterated a demand for a white paper on private universities holding that the education regulatory commission was timid about mushrooming of such institutions.

Party spokesman Tikender Panwar stated the regulatory authority has been made very timid as far as regulation of the mushrooming of these private universities in the state is concerned.

“When the regulatory authority tried to act the state government interfered in the interests of these institutions,” he added.

Again raising the demand for bringing out a white paper on the private universities in the state, the spokesman in a written communiqué said, “formation of an organisation of the private universities and other institutions speaks about their intentions of not being touched upon by the regulatory authority.”

Management of a private university directly approaches the government and it turns a facilitator for their wrongdoing, he said.

Panwar pointed out, “even admissions for engineering courses after passing 10th were done and still no action has been taken against private universities. Anomalies reported about the admission process to PhD courses have not been acted upon and no penalty has been imposed.”

Managements of 16 private universities set up in the state recently came together to form an association to address their concerns jointly.

“Our managements have joined hands to form Himachal Private Universities Management Association (HPUMA) to channelize the efforts of private universities in consonance with state policy and create an environment for imparting quality education,” said Gurvinder Singh Bahara, secretary of the association.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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