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Higher Education Council Bill: Gujarat Governor O P Kohli seeks clarification

The release added that the Governor had called the meeting in the wake of written and oral representations from various organisations, political parties and stake-holders regarding the Bill.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
June 2, 2016 2:05:42 am

Gujarat Governor O P Kohli Wednesday met Education Minister Bhupend-rasinh Chudasama, Minister of State for Education Vasuben Trivedi and top education officials and sought clarifications on various provisions of controversial Gujarat State Higher Education Council Bill, 2016, said a release from Raj Bhavan.

The release added that the Governor had called the meeting in the wake of written and oral representations from various organisations, political parties and stake-holders regarding the Bill which was passed on the last day of Budget Session of Gujarat Assembly in April this year. “’Taking cognisance of seriousness of all the above representations, Governor O P Kohli had called concerned ministers and higher officials of education department at Raj Bhavan, Gandhinagar, held detailed discussion on provisions of the Gujarat State Higher Education Council Bill, 2016 with them and sought clarifications of the state government on certain provisions of the Bill,” the release from Raj Bhavan said.

Apart from Chudasama and Trivedi, the meeting was also attended by Higher Education Commissioner Ashok Shah, Director of Gujarat Knowledge Consortium A U Patel and Vice- Chancellor of Gujarat University M N Patel, the release said.

Various organisations of teaching and non-teaching staff of state universities, educationists and political parties have been protesting against the Bill alleging that it is an attack on the autonomy of universities in Gujarat.

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