Bill curtailing powers of Guv to be moved in next Assembly session

Bhopal: The state government has proposed an amendment to the MP University Act 1973 to curtail Governor and Chancellor’s power to appoint political persons in executive councils of staterun universities as members by proposing that only persons from the field of education would be able to get the membership.

The bill, drafted by department of higher education ( DHE), is likely to be tabled in the forthcoming session of the legislative assembly in March. Brought with intention to stop political appointments in varsities’ executive councils, the bill also proposes more representation from the state government. Representatives of divisional commissioners and range IGs have been added as members in the council, along with representatives of DHE principal secretary and commissioner.

” Earlier, proposal was drafted to include ex- officio nominee of collector and SPs as member in the council but new minister for higher and technical education Umashankar Gupta asked to include representatives of divisional commissioner and range IGs in their place,” said official sources.

Rules at present fully empower the governor and chancellor to nominate six persons including representatives from scheduled castes and scheduled tribes as members in councils.

Other members are nominated from the list of professors and university deans by rotation. Mostly persons with political background are nominated in the category by the governor, on the recommendations of political leaders.

The amendment bill will curtail the governor’s power to make such nomination in the varsities. It has provision to get panel from university’s academic council for nomination in executive council. The governor will pick members from the panel.

The bill has also proposes that academic council will recommend only those persons who are from the academic field. ” The definition of persons of education field has been given in the amendment bill,” said the officials.

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