Puducherry govt against scrapping of UGC, says Narayanasamy

16 Jul 2018

Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy today said the territorial government was opposed to the Centre's move to set up a new panel replacing the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Replying to a question raised by the Leader of the Opposition Anbalagan (AIADMK) during zero hour in the Assembly, Narayanasamy said: "We will not accept the plan to set up the 'Higher Education Commission of India' in the place of the UGC." "The UGC has distinguished itself well as an independent body helping universities and the colleges. There is no need for any new panel," he said, adding that a detailed letter would be forwarded to the Union HRD ministry in this regard. Narayanasamy said the Centre has been depriving the States of their rights by some measure or the other.
"The UGC has been functioning well as an independent authority and the Centre cannot intervene in its functioning. The proposed Higher Education Commission would sanction funds according to the whims and fancies of the Centre, so the territorial government is opposed to the proposal," the UT chief minister noted. Education minister R Kamalakannan also said the territorial government would never accept any move to replace the UGC. We oppose it," he said.
Earlier, Narayanasamy said his government would bring during the next Assembly session a Bill allotting 50 per cent of seats in private medical colleges here for local students.