UGC regulations for deemed universities a retrograde step: VIT Chancellor

Create: 06/28/2011 - 17:21

The founder-chancellor of VIT University G. Vishwanathan has termed the ‘UGC Regulations for Deemed Universities 2010' as a retrograde step. Blaming the regulations as interfering Vishwanathan is of the view that such norms will take away the autonomy and freedom of private university administration.

He has also written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in response to the MHRD's recent announcements.

“There is a need for expanding both the public and private education system. Since the government is unable to spend money, it is unable to expand the state education system. In the same breath, it is disallowing expansion of private universities. Given the acute shortage of seats in the country, there will be enough elbow room for all students only if there is expansion of the higher education sector.”

Vishwanathan has expressed displeasure over government’s decision to prohibit the managing trustee or any other trustee of the trust which runs the University from holding the positions of Chancellor as well as the Chairman of the Board of Management (BoM).

“The focus ought to be on how sound the governance is, the quality of education and the outcomes of the institution rather than on disallowing trustees to take part in governance without regard to their capability, dedication and honesty,” he added.

On the proposal to fix the fees to be collected by deemed universities, Mr. Viswanathan said that while the government did not fix the fees to be charged by private hospitals for various essential services rendered to the public, it would be unfair to fix the fees for deemed universities.

Referring to the Tandon Committee report on deemed universities, he said it had “tarnished the good reputation of most of the deemed universities” and prevented the “creation of many new private deemed universities.” It also replaced a report that a UGC Committee comprising leading academicians had put together.

[Source: The Hindu]


Prof. G. Vishwanathan may have a brief to articulate in favour of private promoters of higher education and he is furiously arguing for complete de-regulation in higher and technical education. He indeed wants a free-for-all field for these so-called trusts which are in effect family enterprises for business in education taking advantage of seat-crisis.
We should condemn such open canvassing for promoter-raj in education.

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The whole cournty strongly opposes the view of Prof. G. Vishwanathan, he cannot understand the ruthless exploitation of many Deemed to be Universities, paying penuts to faculty, no 5th pay, not to think about 6th pay, furthering only sefish ends, underhand dealings, making money by starting new courses, later exploiting the students by not providing them faculty, infrastructure, making subjecting NAAC Team to grade them A by various means--probably you dont know all these problems, we are concerned about the lack of any control mechanisims now....

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Over the years we have had ( and considered) Vice Chancellor of a University to be a very learned personality and the Chancellor even more honorable, if not in intellect then in public life.
Probably, that was the reason the Governors of the respective states were ex-officio Chancellors, and a large number of them were really intellectuals, eminent persons on their own. They justified their position and earned respect. The practice continues for public universities....

However, given the freedom it can not be said for most of the private universities ! There are exceptions, Vishwanathan is one such and has a right to feel hurt.

Why does UGC not work in a more transparent manner starting with discussions on such issues, as raised by Vishwanathan..... More universities are being allowed but without the freedom of operation, economics, selection of students, may be (faculty, staff) recruitment tomorrow.....Less of corrective ordinance will be better.
In democracy, we may move slowly but steady and stable progress with change in quality is more desirable.

Let their be one regulatory authority as Mr. Sibbal proposed long back, and we are still waiting for the same with transparent policy, regulations ...Sooner the better and in the mean time the status quo be maintained.

Dr. Sheel

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The governmentshould stop interfering with the education system. Left to itself, the market demand for quality education will ensure that the colleges and universities cater to that need. It's the barrier imposed by the government in the form of rules, regulations and licences that is hindering growth and innovation in this country.

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The argument for increase in capacity on the basis of acute shortage of seats is not correct. In fact there is already excess capacity in Engg. colleges in the country as reflected in various reports which say that upto 50% seats are vacant in various private colleges. What is needed now is consolidation of existing colleges so that the scarce resources could be utilized effectively. There should be moratorium on creation of new capacity for next few years.

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Earlier days it was the caste system that prevented people from studying what they wanted to study and today it is the Goverment policies!

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Majority of the Private Deemed Universities have started to perform better than many of the public universities , NITs and IITs. Sooner they will be taller than all IITs. A popular software introduced in a deemed university is introduced in a Government Engineering College(60 years old) a decade later. The reason for the above scenario is lack of power and funds to the Principals heading these so called government engineering colleges. Decision making and procurement take place almost instantaneously in private universities but it will be a dream to many government engineering colleges. These government engineering colleges survive because of creamy layer students are admitted to these engineering colleges. Dr. G. Viswanathan , VIT Chancellor, can call all the 180 students admitted to the first batch of Vellore engineering College by their name. He was the first to come to the campus. If all our educational institutions have one visionary like him India can have many MITs, CALTECHs and STANFORDs.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

It seems this gentleman needs no authority and agency to monitor the Govt norms widely violated by private and Govt institutions. In absence of any check such bodies may become autocrat and they satrt behaving like heavenly entity.
I am surpirsed that how come such mindset would have acquired the position of VC of any institute when he is aversed to critical checking of his standards. If the Govt dont check the fees then people like may raise it to such a level that only rich and upper strata of society can join VIT and middle class and poor guy will only go to Govt or forget the need to have education.
It is pity that VC is talking something which is all basic ways of running and monitoring a good institution.
Such guys are laying the foundation of strong Lok Pal in University system too.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

First I predict that this genius is undeserving to hold an important post like VC which carries academic weight and depth behind their thoughts. No panel for Vc, No check on fee, no rules to propmote the satndard, No accredition. can he site a country where such a unbriddled power is vested with any university.
In fact he should realize that because of such checks and balances millions like us are getting trained and becoming engg and doctor and bringing reputation to our family. If only rich and resourceful guys like this undeserving VC view points be given any weightage then there would have been no IIts, IIMs and NITs and only VITS and BIts would have florished and most of Seth ji type guys would have only got the engg and medical degree.
let this Vcs,CV be made public to verify that whether he is pushed one or pulled one.

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