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Gujarat State Higher Education Council Bill

An Atrophied Autonomy

The Gujarat State Higher Education Council Bill, 2016 proposes a centralised system to govern and control institutions of higher learning by taking implicit recourse to the Central Universities of India (Teaching, Research and Administration) Bill, 2013 and explicit recourse to the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan. The proposed bill avoids discussing any imperilment of the prevalent “academics’ atrophy” while ensuing “academic atrophy” and “atrophy of homogeneity.” This is followed by “atrophy of episteme” by way of deciding a priori research topics in universities.

The Gujarat assembly passed the Gujarat State Higher Education Council Bill (Gujarat Bill No 27 of 2016) on 31 March 2016. The bill is aimed at covering institutions of higher learning, including universities and colleges affiliated to them in Gujarat. The University Grants Commission (UGC) and Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) are explicitly stated in the bill. However, the bill does not discuss the actual mandate of either the UGC or the RUSA. This article discusses the bill and the actual mandate of the UGC and RUSA on which the entire edifice of the bill is built imprudently.

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