State for varsity-developed curriculum

State for varsity-developed curriculum



This view was conveyed to the Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal in a meeting of State Education Secretaries here.

“Broadly speaking we are not against setting up an overarching body for higher education, but curriculum should be framed and reviewed by the universities in respective states and not by any Centralised agency,” A S Srikanth, Higher Education Secretary to the Karnataka Government, told Deccan Herald. “We have a state-level committee on higher education and we are planning to give it statutory sanction also. But such bodies should have administrative functions only,” he said adding that Centre should immediately convene a state education ministers’ conference to resolve these contentious issues.

The Yashpal Committee has recommended setting up of a National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) subsuming regulatory bodies like the UGC and AICTE. The HRD Ministry has already accepted it as one of its priorities.

The Centre has also said that curricular reform should be the topmost priority of the proposed NCHER which would create a curriculum framework based on the principles of mobility within a full range of curricular areas and integration of skills and academic depth.

District tribunals
Karnataka has also objected to setting up of district-level tribunals for settling educational disputes like that between teachers and the college management, students and teachers or colleges and affiliating institutions.

“We feel that national and state-level tribunals are adequate and district-level tribunals are not required,” Srikanth said. The state-level tribunal would comprise a retired High Court judge, an academic and an expert in education administration. Earlier in the day, inaugurating the conference, Kapil Sibal asked all states to give within three months a view of their objectives in the field of higher education by 2020. 

“In the next three months each state must give its vision as to what it wishes to do by 2020 in the field of higher education,” he said.

The vision should contain “what is the state of affairs at present, kind of inputs required to realise that vision and budgetary allocation in the years to come,” he said.
 
It should also let the Centre know “how the states wish to improve the gross enrolment ratio and where the state is likely to be by 2020, besides, how many colleges and universities they have,” he said at the meeting.

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