Capping tuition fees in private schools, a distant dream: the Tribune India

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Bhanu P Lhumi

Tribune press service

Shimla, December 25

The Covid-19 pandemic has cast a shadow over the education sector as government plans to open educational institutions have been thwarted by the second wave which has forced frequent shutdowns.

Meanwhile, the long wait for university and college teachers has not ended, as the revised UGC scales have not been released, even after a six-year delay. The government has passed a law to establish another university in Mandi even though the six existing state universities are under severe financial constraints.

Parents of children studying in private schools continued their agitation as the government hesitated over passing legislation to regulate the fee structure.

The issue of alleged irregularities in appointments to the University of Himachal Pradesh has been raised frequently by the opposition. In addition, the decision of the executive council to admit in the wards of professors of doctoral courses without any entrance test has contradicted the speech of the vice-chancellor.

The cluster university set up under Rashtriya Ucchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) received a shock when the government decided to transfer infrastructure and assets as well as staff to the new Sardar Patel University.

The Department of Education has set up 1,023 clusters for middle, upper secondary and upper secondary levels as part of the new education policy for optimal use of available infrastructure and manpower. The online education under “Har Ghar Pathshala” has been a great success.

Investigations into the multi-crore fake diploma scam at Manav Bharti University (MBU) have made no significant progress.

The Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission has tightened its grip on private universities and a committee set up to review the eligibility of faculty members in accordance with UGC standards found that 10 to 15% of teachers were not eligible at private universities. The qualifications and experience of the newly appointed vice-chancellors of eight private universities in the state are also under the control of the HPPERC.

The distribution of laptops to deserving students continued to go round in circles as the government did not make a decision on the purchase of laptops and beneficiaries did not get the laptops in 2021.

CORE TIGHT AROUND THE VARSITIES

  • The regulator tightened the noose on pvt universities, 10 to 15 percent of professors were deemed ineligible
  • Student laptop distribution catches fire
  • 1,023 clusters set up in schools by Edu Dept


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