You are here: Home » News-IANS » Politics
Business Standard

Tamil Nadu opposes repeal of UGC Act

IANS  |  Chennai 

on Saturday strongly opposed the draft bill on Higher Education Commission of (Repeal of Act) Act 2018.

In a letter to Narendra Modi, the text of which was released to the media here, Palaniswami said: "The Government of is of the view that the existing institutional arrangement of the (UGC) with both regulatory and financial powers is functioning well.

"There is no need to disband the UGC and replace it with Higher Education Commission of with only regulatory powers."

According to the Chief Minister, the UGC at present is entrusted with the responsibilities of maintaining, monitoring and improving the standards of teaching and research in Higher Educational Institutions.

It also has the power of sanctioning funds under various schemes, which has been in vogue since 1956 without any complaints.

"The UGC has the required capacity for objective evaluation of the proposals received and sanction funds in a transparent manner," he said.

Palaniswami expressed Tamil Nadu's strong reservation and apprehension to the proposed draft bill under which the financial powers are proposed to be transferred to the (MHRD) or some other body.

He said based on Tamil Nadu's experience, the sanction of funds objectively based on merits has not been very positive by various ministries of the Government of

"Further, if this financial power is taken over by the MHRD, we apprehend that the funding pattern would change from 100 per cent funding to 60:40 ratio between and the State Government," he added.



(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 14:48 IST