Stating that forced regulations on universities are against the ideas of liberalisation and reform touted by the Narendra Modi government, Jamia Hamdard university’s new chancellor Dr Habil Khorakiwala said it stifled the autonomy of Indian universities to innovate and stay competitive in the global market.
Speaking at his appointment ceremony, the chancellor said the government should not interfere with the workings of autonomous institutions.
“On one hand, the new government talks about liberalisation in different sectors, but on the other hand our educational institutions are not being given autonomy. India cannot be competitive in a global environment if it doesn’t compete globally. Why have a mechanism to control work in an autonomous university?” he said.
The university will soon collaborate with other universities and come out with a paper to highlight the issue, he said.
Vice-chancellor Dr G N Qazi re-iterated Khorakiwala’s concerns. He said instead of forcing rules, the government should create an environment to allow innovation and experimentation in universities.
“We are a nationally accredited university. That said, there are more than 25 other government bodies regulating us as well. If the government is keen on liberalising the economy, why is it constraining educational institutions? We are okay with the government making some rules, but too many rules hamper innovation. It is a waste of time, money and energy,” Qazi said.
“Instead of rules, the government should provide guidelines which allows universities to flourish. Modi’s vision is for this nation to be a great one. For that, you have to do things the right way,” Khorakiwala said.
An alumnus of Harvard Business School, Dr Khoraikwala is the founder chairman of Wockhardt Group — a research-based global healthcare enterprise. He will be the chancellor for the next five years.