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Innovation Bill: Govt to redraft proposed varsities

The Government has agreed to make changes in the proposed legislation relating to setting up `innovation universities` in the country with a view to encourage promoters to come forward in this venture.



New Delhi: The Government has agreed to make
changes in the proposed legislation relating to setting up
`innovation universities` in the country with a view to
encourage promoters to come forward in this venture.

"We will redraft the proposed legislation. The
legislation does not spell out the outcomes. The legislation
must set up objective and have criteria for outcome," HRD
Minister Kapil Sibal said today.

The legislations seeks to set up 14 innovation
universities across the country under public funding, besides
allowing promoters to establish such universities.
Each university will be based on a different model and
concept with distinctive financial, academic and research
structure.

Talking to reporters after holding deliberation with
different stakeholders, industry body and academicians, Sibal
said there was a broad consensus that the legislation should
be taken forward.

"However, there was also emphasis on the need to make the
existing institutions attain world class standards in
teaching, research and innovation".

He said necessary changes to be made in the Universities
for Innovation Bill is to ensure that initiatives and energy
of the promoters are not stifled in an excessive regulatory
mechanism.

Sources said some promoters had certain objections to the
appointment of vice chancellors to such universities through
the collegium process.
Sibal also said relaxation of the regulation mechanism
was also felt as some had objections to the 20 per cent cap on
appointment of graduating students with excellent academic
record as assistant professors.

The legislation allows appointment by invitation of any
graduating students with high academic distinction as
assistant professors in such university provided the total
number of post filled by such policy does not exceed 20 per
cent of the total sanctioned posts of assistant professors.

The Bill is expected to be tabled in the Winter session
of Parliament this year.

With uniqueness being the hallmark of such centres, Sibal
said the universities could be theme-based. "These institutes
should identify areas having a direct bearing on community and
environment while research and innovation could revolve around
them," he said.

The Minister underlined that the general curriculum
framework would be of very high quality.

PTI

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