GUWAHATI, March 8 - The State government today introduced the Assam State Higher Education Council Bill, 2017, in the Legislative Assembly.
The proposed legislation seeks to provide the government the power to constitute a council, to be called the Assam State Higher Education Council.
The council will have the responsibility to undertake strategic intervention for the improvement, access, equity and quality in higher education in the State, ensuring the autonomy and accountability of all institutions of higher education in the State, promotion of academic excellence and social justice by providing academic input to the State government for policy formulation and perspective planning and to coordinate the roles of the government, State universities, private universities and apex level regulatory agencies in higher education within the State, among other things.
As per the proposed legislation, the council will review and coordinate the implementation of policies in all higher educational institutions in the State, including universities, research institutions and colleges, formulate and evolve State Higher Education Plan (HEP) for the development of higher education, and suggest improvements in curriculum and syllabus in accordance with changing societies and academic requirements and also maintain quality of curriculum, among other tasks.
As per the Bill, the council will consist of three bodies – a general council, an executive council and a State Project Directorate.