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J-K Administrative Council okays Public Universities Bill-2022

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha-led Administrative Council (AC) on Saturday gave its nod to the Jammu and Kashmir Public University Bill-2022 with the aim of addressing the issues affecting a wide variety of universities in Jammu and Kashmir. “The government intends to prepare a common public university bill that will apply to all public universities of UT or J&K,” the Raj Bhavan said in a statement.

The board of directors of the UT consists of the LG, advisor Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar and Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta.

The government said the National Education Policy-2020 (NEP-2020) proposes an education system “rooted in the Indian ethos” that directly contributes to sustainably transforming India into a just and vibrant knowledge society, through high-quality education to everyone, thereby turning India into a global knowledge superpower.

The NEP-2020 also envisions “a fundamental transformation in the fabric of higher education” by dedicating the transformation of all affiliated colleges into either multidisciplinary research or teaching universities or degree-granting autonomous institutions by 2035.

The main features of the current design are the emphasis on uniformity and flexibility in the operation of all higher education institutions. “A number of new provisions have also been introduced to make the functioning of universities transparent and accountable through transparent procedures and disclosures,” the government said. In order to make the hiring process completely transparent and merit-based, screening by the UT Public Service Commission and reduction of the weight to interview has been suggested for gazetted positions.

For unpublished positions, it has been proposed, according to the statement, to do away with job interviews altogether and to have recruitment through the service selection committee.

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