The HRD ministry’s proposal for new laws, be it to check malpractices in educational institutions or setting up of educational tribunals, met with the general approval of states on Friday.
As for the National Eligibility Test/state level eligibility test required for appointment as lecturer, the meeting of state education secretaries discussed the exemption for those who have obtained Ph.D as per UGC regulation. While the new regulation was welcomed, the secretaries of a number of states said legal issues might arise about recruitments that had already taken place before the new regulations came into place.
Barring Orissa and Gujarat, which expressed some reservations, most of the states felt the idea of tribunals to deal with things like disputes between students and institutions and faculty and institutions is needed. Orissa, which already has such tribunals, felt it leads to multiple litigations. Gujarat, which too has educational tribunals, said they did not have much work. However, an HRD official pointed out that the educational tribunals in Gujarat were set up with a limited purpose. But there was an overwhelming view that the number of tribunals to be created at the district level should be left to the discretion of the state government.
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