General rules will be applicable in all universities….

The Uttarakhand State University Bill 2020 has been passed by a voice vote in the Legislative Assembly. Minister of State for Higher Education Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat said that this is the first time since 1973 that a separate integrated act has been introduced for universities.

On passing the Umbrella Act from the Legislative Assembly, Minister of State for Higher Education Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat thanked the members of the Legislative Assembly including Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and state cabinet colleagues. He said that all the state universities in the state are governed by their separate enactments.
Due to this, there was no uniformity in the administration and educational system in the operation of universities. Therefore, with the introduction of the Umbrella Act, a uniform autonomous and responsible administration will be established in all state-funded universities of the state.

Dr. Rawat informed that a new arrangement has been made in the appointment of the Vice Chancellor of the University under the Umbrella Act. Now the Vice Chancellor will be able to hold the post for a period of three years or till the age of 70 years. Under the new rules, the Vice Chancellor can be given a service extension of maximum one year.

Apart from this, the Vice-Chancellor Selection Committee will have five members, the first three had provision. Some changes have also been made in the process of appointment and service conditions of the Registrar. Under UGC standards, 50 percent posts will be filled through departmental promotion while 50 percent will be filled through direct recruitment. Other service conditions will be as per the state government. Apart from this, the selection and other service conditions of other university authorities have also been provided in the Umbrella Act.
A person more than 70 years old will not become a vice-chancellor
In the Assembly, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna University of Medical Education amended Act 2020 was approved. It states that no person above the age of 70 will be appointed as Vice Chancellor.

The person who holds the position before attaining the age of 70 years and will not be eligible for reappointment. It can be removed after an inquiry by a working or retired judge of the Supreme Court and High Court from an order passed by the Chancellor for bad behavior, mismanagement disqualification or any other reason.

Technical University named Veer Madho Singh Bhandari University of Technology
The Uttarakhand Technical University Amendment Bill 2020 was approved in the Assembly. It said that Uttarakhand Technical University Veer Madho Singh Bhandari will be called Uttarakhand University of Technology.


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