Hyderabad: Ministry of Human Resource Development has recently constituted a committee to evolve a comprehensive policy for the larger issue of autonomy of higher educational institutions like Central Universities, IITs and IIMs in the country. The Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development has initiated this with composition of eminent experts in the field of higher education. The Committee is expected to submit its report within three months.
The High level Committee comprises the following members;
Prof. Madhava Menon, Member, Task Force and ex-Member, Commission for Centre – State Relations, Prof. Seyed E. Hasnain, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, Prof. Pankaj Chandra, Director, IIM Bangalore, Prof. M.S. Ananth, Director, IIT Madras, Prof. Mihir Choudhary, Vice-Chancellor, Tezpur University, Shri Ved Prakash, Vice-Chairman, UGC-Convenor. The Special Invitees on this committee include; Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman, UGC, Prof. S.S. Mantha, Chairman, AICTE (Acting) and Prof. V.N. Rajashekharan Pillai, VC, IGNOU & Chairman, Distance Education Council, New Delhi.
The Committee will review the state of institutional autonomy of Central Educational Institutions like Central Universities, IITs and IIMs in academic, governance and financial matters. It will recommend mechanism for norm-based funding for development and maintenance with an aim to enhance financial autonomy of institutions. The Committee will have to recommend measures on the improvement of the present status of the Institutions in terms of Financial Autonomy, Governance Structure within the University and to the teacher; and fostering Accountability of the Central Educational Institutions as Public institutions. It will also look into the recommendations of the Committee on renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education and the National Knowledge Commission for considering promotion of autonomy in all Central Educational Institutions like CU’s, IITs and IIMs.