The Association of University Teachers (AUT) has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to be transparent about the need for amendments to the UGC Act and the aspects on which the UGC expert committee requires views and suggestions from the public.
"Stakeholders of Higher education are shocked to see the public notice issued by the UGC by which the expert committee under RP Agarwal, former secretary, Higher Education, MHRD, seeks the stakeholders and larger public to have a comprehensive look into the UGC Act, 1956 and suggest amendments to the said Act on or before 15th November," says K Pandiyan, vice-president of the Association of University Teachers.
He added "This public notice has no reference to the source and purpose of this cause of action by the UGC. Stakeholders of higher education are perplexed over the 'compulsion' for the UGC to seek amendments to the existing UGC Act, 1956."
He further stated that the areas and aspects on which the committee expects views and suggestions were not explicitly spelt out.