Having accused the BJP government of turning Himachal into Bihar by allowing a large number of private universities and compromising with standards of higher education,the Himachal government on Saturday did a complete U-turn.
At a cabinet meeting,the government in a relief to over 10 private universities and nearly 200 private colleges and polytechnics regularised all admissions done in violation of norms fixed by the government and the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
This will enable universities and colleges to admit students who do not have minimum education qualifications to study courses like BTech,MTech,BPharma,MPharma,MBA and diploma courses.
Permissions have been granted by the government to all private universities and colleges to admit students for the Btech and Mtech courses beside BPharma and MBA as one-time relaxation in the larger interest of students/parents. The approval has been granted subject to imposition of penalty under relevant provisions of law by respective regulatory bodies, the cabinet decision stated.
According to officials,the move was in violation of state Private Technical and Vocational Educational Institutions (Regulations of Admission and Fixation of Fee) Act and Private Universities Act.
The legislations make it clear that admissions will be done only on the basis of specified common entrance test, said an official.
In the past,several private universities and colleges have alleged that their have remained vacant because of the high marks needed to get admitted. Over 9,000 students from the state had appeared in the Joint Engineering Entrance examination but the colleges could fill only 30 to 35 per cent seats.
* To award of balance work of widening and strengthening of Theog-Kotkhai-Hatkoti-Rohru road in Shimla district
* Institution of Himachal Pradesh Mahila Vikas Protsahan Yojana-2013 for bonafide Himachali women,aged above 18 with cash prize of Rs 21,000.
* Reduced minimum bus fare to Rs 3 for 3 km