Tuesday, August 29, 2017

VCs asked to implement Justice Roopanwal Committee recommendations

Haryana Higher Education Department has directed the Vice-Chancellors of all universities in the state to implement the measures recommended by Justice Roopanwal Committee to address the issue of student suicides.
        While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Department said that the university should evolve a mechanism where the students can appeal in case there is any excess by the university. 
        He said that counselling centres consisting of professionally trained counsellors should be set up which would provide services to students, research scholars and faculty, including non-teaching staff. Monitoring committees should be constituted which should be headed by supervisors who would provide guidance on the matters related to the subjects studied by the students.
        Equal Opportunity Cell headed by anti-discrimination officer as per UGC (Promotion of Equity in Higher Educational Institutes) Regulations, 2012 should be made functional. Grievance Redressal Committee headed by Ombudsman as per the UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations, 2012 should be made effective.
        Other recommended measures include strong induction programme for better acclimatisation, establishment, as far as possible, of local guardian system for outstation students, and remedial teachings for academically weak students. Grievances should be discussed and dispensed with on weekly basis and Vice-Chancellors should hold meeting on monthly basis. Deans would closely monitor department problems. Any serious issue would be brought to the notice of Vice-Chancellor immediately.
        Besides, university would select suitable student volunteers to act as mentors and help freshers. The university would also ensure effective administration and supervision of hostels and strict compliance of hostel admission rules and regulations so that only current students allotted hostel accommodation by the university stay in the hostels.


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