Ombudsman must for all Universities


An Ombudsman/Public advocate is the one who is in charge with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints of maladministration or a violation of rights.

                Lack of quality in institutions makes teachers and students in private universities and colleges worried. There should be someone to look forward to and listen to the grievances. On this, Smriti Irani declared Rajya Sabha that UGC has notified UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations, 2012 according to which each University has to appoint an Ombudsman. Therefore, each University ought to have an Ombudsman.

The case of Viplav Sharma regarding dilution of academic standards in deemed universities brought into notice the need for redressal of grivances. Therefore, for each University there will an Ombudsman and for every college the vice-chancellor of the affiliating University shall constitute a grievance redressal committee.

Furthermore, the Ombudsman for Central University shall be appointed on part time basis. The government has also decided to form a committee. The committee will consist of chairperson of the UGC or his nominee, one vice-chancellor from central university to be nominated by the central government on rotation, one VC from deemed university to be nominated by the central government on rotation and one joint secretary to the government of India in the HRD ministry dealing with higher education.

Next step guided by the committee was regarding the elimination of a few deemed university. The committee reviewed and evaluated and on the basis of their assessment they said out of all the universities, some deemed universities matched the standards to pursue while a few should stop functioning.

The HRD Minister, Smriti Irani accepted the review of the committee and declared that the implementation of the decisions of the Committee rests in the hands of Supreme Court



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