Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan as soon as once more on Saturday requested the Centre to repeal the Odisha Universities (Amendment) Bill 2020, which was handed within the state Assembly in the course of the Monsoon Session not too long ago. In a letter, Pradhan sought the intervention of Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to take obligatory motion on this regard.
The minister mentioned the Bill contradicts the National Education Policy and seeks to strip away the autonomy of upper instructional establishments in Odisha by bureaucratising crucial facets of the functioning of universities.
“Keeping in mind the welfare of students, scholars, faculty and staff, the autonomy of higher educational institutions and the overall well-being of the entire higher education ecosystem in Odisha and factoring in the blatant inconsistencies of the Odisha University Amendment Bill, 2020 with the Constitution of India, I seek your urgent personal intervention in taking necessary action to repeal the Odisha University Amendment Bill, 2020,” Pradhan wrote within the letter.
He mentioned a robust and unanimous view has emerged that the Bill shouldn’t have been promulgated with out prior directions of the President of India as per Article 213 of the Constitution.
“Even if the Bill is passed by the House, it has to be reserved for consideration and assent of the President of India under Article 254(2) of the Constitution,” he added.
Earlier, Pradhan had written a letter to the Union Education Minister opposing the Odisha University Amendment Bill, 2020.
Notably, the Bill seeks to reconstitute a search committee which selects the vice-chancellor of a college by together with in it a nominee of the state authorities rather than the member chosen by the syndicate.
It additionally determined for the abolition of senates whereas syndicates will operate as the very best authority in universities.
Besides, the recruitment of college lecturers will likely be achieved by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC).