HRD, HealthMin at loggerheads over health edu
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 20:57
New Delhi: The HRD and Health ministries are at loggerheads over bringing of health education under the ambit of a proposed overarching body and their officials will meet next week to discuss the issue.

Health Secretary Sujatha Rao and senior ministry officials are expected to meet HRD Ministry officials on Tuesday.

Rao has already written a letter to the HRD Ministry to oppose the move to include health education under the purview of the proposed National Commission Higher Education and Research (NCHER).

A task force, set up by HRD Ministry on preparing the NCHER bill, has supported the idea of bringing health education under NCHER. The Prime Minister's Office is reportedly supporting this idea and the Planning Commission has endorsed it as well.

The idea has gained more strength after the government dissolved the Medical Council of India owing to allegations of irregularities and corruption by it.

The proposed NCHER also seeks bring legal education under its ambit. The Bar Council of India has already opposed this move.

Both legal and medical education being specialised areas, there are divergent views in various quarters on whether these disciplines would be brought under NCHER. The HRD ministry feels that the proposed NCHER would not regulate the profession but would concentrate on setting standards for such education.

The HRD Ministry is holding a consultative meeting on May 29 with various stakeholders on the proposed NCHER. The draft NCHER bill will be brought before the Central Advisory Board of Education, an advisory panel having state education ministers as its members, on June 18 and 19.

The task force of HRD Ministry has finalised the draft legislation after two-month-long consultations with various stakeholders.

The major concerns raised by different quarters, including state government officials, have been taken care of in the re-drafted bill, official sources said.

The HRD Ministry wants to finalise the bill soon and introduce it in Parliament in the monsoon session.


First Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 20:57

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