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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Yashpal Committee report on 'Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education'

A high-level committee, appointed in Feb 2008 to recommend measures to revamp the higher education system in the country under the chairmanship of former UGC chairman and eminent educationist Prof Yashpal submitted the final report 'Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education' to HRD minister Mr Kapil Sibbal. Some of the suggestions made by committee are as follows :
1.      Scrapping of regulatory bodies like UGC, AICTE and MCI
2.      A national test on the line of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) should be introduced for higher education in the country. This would be open to all aspirants and would be held more than once a year.
3.      Instead of all regulatory bodies a seven member Commission for Higher Education and Research (CHER) under an Act of Parliament should be set up to govern the higher education in the country. The proposed CHER will have a Chairperson and members will be selected by a committee headed by the PM, Leader of Opposition and the Chief Justice of India.
4.      The committee expressed grief over the growth of deemed universities and suggested a complete ban on further grant of such status. Three years time period would be given to existing ones to develop as a full-fledged university and fulfill the prescribed norms of accreditation.
5.      The committee said teachers should have the freedom to design courses and students should be able to study subjects outside their courses hence advocated multidisciplinary approach.
6.      IIT and IIM’s should be given University status.

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