Haryana govt to take over aided colleges, Khattar gives nod

  • | Thursday | 9th November, 2023

GURGAON: Ahead of 2024 assembly polls, the Haryana government is planning to fulfil one more promise the BJP made in its election manifesto – takeover of aided colleges in the state.CM Manohar Lal has given in-principle approval to the proposal to take over aided colleges by the state government. After listening to the delegation of teaching and non-teaching unions of government-aided colleges on Tuesday, higher education minister Moolchand Sharma informed about the governments decision on Wednesday.The delegation included Rajesh Khullar, chief principal secretary to CM, Anand Mohan Sharan, additional chief secretary of the higher education department, and Virendra Singh Dahiya, an officer on special duty to the CM.There are 97 government-aided colleges in the state with 2,500 teaching and non-teaching staff working in them.Vikas Chahar, the head of the Aided College Teachers Association, said, At present, the Haryana government provides 95 percent of the salaries of the staff, and only five percent is provided by the college management committees. So, it only makes sense for the government to take over completely.Bijendra Kadian, the head of non-teaching staff at the aided colleges association, said, We face several problems daily. Had we been completely under the state government, we would at least know where to raise our issues. Despite the government providing the majority of the salary, we do not get them for months, and nobody is there to hear us.Meanwhile, four years after the scheme was a roadblock following opposition from several quarters, the government is also planning to pick the staff from the state-aided private colleges and adjust them in government colleges.A senior officer from the education department said, We are examining a proposal following a demand from teachers associations. The proposal will be sent to the government for a final call. Currently, we are mulling over shifting 20% of the staff of the aided colleges to the government colleges. There may be a separate cadre for these shifted teachers in the government colleges, but they wont be able to claim promotions like the government college teachers.We also published the following articles recentlyOdisha government takes steps to safeguard transgender rights in colleges, varsitiesThe state government in Bhubaneswar has instructed degree colleges and universities to establish monitoring committee cells at educational institutions to address issues related to prejudice, discrimination, sexual abuse, and violence against transgender individuals. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued guidelines urging educational institutions to provide gender-neutral facilities and protect gender nonconforming students from bullying and harassment. The NHRC has also called for inclusive education, financial assistance for transgender students, and the establishment of antidiscrimination cells at the district level. Transgender social worker Menaka Parida has expressed satisfaction with these measures.UP medical colleges to teach in Hindi tooPrincipals and faculty members of medical institutions in a state in India have been instructed to start teaching in Hindi and provide monthly updates to the director general of medical education. The move aims to provide greater clarity to medical students who have received their prior education in Hindi. Some teachers have highlighted that Hindi is already used to explain complex points in the classroom, but they suggest that having medical textbooks available in Hindi would enhance learning.UP govt to open de-addiction centers in all government medical collegesThe Uttar Pradesh state government plans to establish de-addiction centers in all government medical colleges to combat drug addiction. Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak has instructed college principals to open these centers, which will offer comprehensive treatment to addicts including medication and counseling. The centers will be operated under the Department of Mental Health or Medicine and will provide both outpatient and inpatient services as recommended by doctors. Awareness campaigns will also be conducted to promote a drug-free state. A de-addiction center has already been launched at Ghazipur Medical College.

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