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University Review Committee constituted under chairmanship of Prof Kuthiala submits its report


Bhopal, 22nd February, 2017: The University Review Committee, constituted under chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Prof Brij Kishore Kuthiala, has recommended constitution of Higher Education Council and Higher Education Commission.

Haryana Government had constituted five-member committee for review in higher education. The committee is comprised of Prof Kuthiala, chairman, Om Prakash Arora, secretary, Prof Rajnish Arora, Prof Yogesh Singh and Dr Rakesh Gupta, IAS. The committee today submitted its report to Haryana chief minister Shri Manohar Lal Khattar. The committee has suggested tenure of vice-chancellor for five years and retirement age of university teachers should be 65 years. The committee suggests practice of guest faculty must be abolished and teachers engaged presently as guest faculty may be absorbed following a regular process of recruitment giving them certain advantages and viable self-financing courses must be merged into regular courses. The committee is of the view that any student studying in university must devote a minimum 25 hours per week in class room or in laboratory. In its one of the recommendations, the committee said that grant may be announced in March and suggested a formula depending upon the number of teachers, employees and students.

The committee has made several important recommendations regarding research and innovations. It emphasised on giving similar encouragement for research to private and government-run universities. The committee suggested to constitute Higher Education Council through an Act and Higher Education Committee under chairmanship of the Chief Minister for policy related issues. The committee has suggested uniform act for all universities and proposed a draft in this regard. It recommended autonomy, with responsibility and duties for the universities.