Vested interests didnít allow panel report to get Parliament nod, says Prof Yash Pal

While the central government has taken no steps so far for implementation of the Yash Pal Committee report of 2009 on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education, Professor Yash Pal, on Thursday, pointed out some people had vested interests in not allowing the report get approval in the Parliament.

The renowned scientist and former Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) was in Panjab University (PU) on Thursday for the varsity's 133rd Foundation Day celebrations.

The 94-page report, prepared by the 24-member committee headed by Professor Yash Pal and consisting of eminent educationists from across the country including chairpersons of UGC, AICTE and NAAC and directors of IIT, was submitted to the Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal in June 2009. More than four years after its submission, the report is yet to see the light of the day.

Expressing resentment over the issue, Professor Yash Pal said, "The approval of the report would have led to the abolishing of all professional councils including UGC, AICTE, Medical Council of India (MCI), as all their powers would have been transferred to the National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER). They did not want it to happen."

The Yash Pal Committee Report had called for setting up of a De novo regulatory body called the National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER). This was supposed to take over the powers of all 13 existing professional councils responsible for providing recognition of courses, promotion of professional institutions and providing grants to under-graduate programmes.

"There was a long discussion in the Parliament over the report. Most of the members liked it and I saw members nodding their heads when they read the report, but they still failed to approve it," said Professor Yash Pal.

Terming it as the 'best report on renovation of Higher Education' till date, Pal said the internal fights among members was another reason for the report not getting a clearance in the Parliament.

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