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Government for UGC monitoring. The Union Minister for Human Resourced Development M M Pallam Raju has categorically stated that the there will be no...

The Union Minister for Human Resourced Development M M Pallam Raju has categorically stated that the there will be no going back on the contentious foreign universities bill. “We have sent it to the Law Ministry. We have also sounded the University Grants Commission to prepare an exclusive monitoring mechanism for the foreign varsities. We asked the Law Ministry whether we can allow and place these varsities under the direct control of the UGC. Once we get the response, we will try for parliamentary nod,” he told The Hans India on the sidelines of Indus School Summit on Value Education here.

Agreeing that there is little time left for the Bill to push through in the Parliament, he said, “Since a commitment has been made long back, we would go ahead. The UGC will take care of the issue through the stringent guidelines it made.”
It might be recalled that Union government has brought the Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill in May 2010 itself, through the Rajya Sabha with vehement opposition from the left and the BJP.
One of the ways to allow the foreign varsities are branding them as deemed universities under section 3 of UGC Act of 1956. But many foreign varsities reportedly expressed reservations over the word deemed and it was more or less shelved. They have nixed the idea of being named ‘private universities’.
“The UGC has already formulated the guidelines for the foreign universities. Our students are going abroad to study there. What’s wrong if the varsities in which our guys have been joining set up campuses here?” Pallam Raju asked.
‘Percentile norm to stays’
The Minister has also ruled out the possibility of changing the two-tier pattern that has been in force for admission into IITs and NITs. “The talk of single exam next year is not correct. The JEE Main and JEE Advanced system, adopted after much debate, will continue unless the apex body of the IIT senates decides otherwise,” he made it clear.
Stating that there is no rift between MHRD and the IITs over the issue, the Minister said he spoke to the members of the IIT Delhi, Kanpur and Kharagpur over the issue and they expressed satisfaction over the current format. “The percentile norm as well as the top 1.5 lakh successful lot would continue until further decision, I mean for the next few years,” Pallam Raju said.
Secretary of MHRD- Ashok Thakur has recently announced that both JEE Main and JEE Advanced would be merged in 2015. But the faculty of seven old IITs has openly questioned the announcement saying nothing has been decided so far.
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