Regulatory commission wants to know from the government

Bhopal : The state private university regulatory commission has written to the state government to clear its policy on autonomy to private universities in admission process.

The commission, in a letter to the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, has sought the governments view on autonomy to private universities, to ensure clarity to private institutions interested in investment in Madhya Pradesh.

” The commission has urged the chief minister Chauhan to clear the governments policy on admission and autonomy to be given to private institutions,” said commission chairman Prof Akhilesh Pandey.

The commission, which is considering changes in the private university act through a seven member committee, has come to the conclusion that there is no clear guidelines in the private university regulatory act. The commission has given clearance to nine private universities in Madhya Pradesh and notification for another one is pending. Three more new private universities are in the pipeline. They have given Letter of Intent ( LoI) to the Commission. Official sources said that half- adozen private institutions have shown interest in becoming universities and sought detail from the commission.

In absence of clear guidelines on autonomy to private universities for admission, it would be difficult to regulate.

” The commission acts and regulates on the basis of the guideline issued by the state,” Pandey said.

Also, the commission wants the state government to clear its guideline on implementation of government rules like reservation in admission.

Private colleges follow the governments directives in this regard however, there is no clear view for the private universities.

Even the regulatory bodys role is not specifically mentioned in the private universities Act as it came in the case of Bhopals Peoples Medical College and Research Centre.

” Several institutions, which approached the commission for getting university status, seek information about autonomy for admission, academic and administration.” The commission is in favour to give autonomy to private universities for admission, appointments and academy related issues.

” We will have to give autonomy to private universities for admissions and process to select students,” said Pandey.

The government across the country have no role in deciding admissions in private universities and have given free hold to private universities to decide and provide admissions under the guideline set by the Supreme Court.

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