HECI Draft Bill 2018 – Responses

The 20th July deadline has come and gone, but this is only the beginning of what promises to be a long journey towards ensuring a participatory, democratic process in the potential structural transformation of higher education in India.

It has been heartening to note that the Draft Bill received a considerable response from the public. Dr. Satya Pal Singh, the respected Minister of State (HRD), stated that as on July 15 — with five days still left for responses — the Ministry had already received 7529 suggestions/commentings from a broad cross-section of the society, from MPs and state governments to academics, teachers’ unions, chambers of commerce, students, as well as concerned members of the general public. As per reports in the media, the Ministry has taken into account some of these suggestions and has agreed to alter parts of the Draft Bill. This is testimony to the power of democratic processes of engagement, and should embolden us as we embark upon future course of action.

In this post, we have compiled a list of statements made by teachers’ bodies and student organizations to peruse at convenience. Please check here for a similar compilation of opinion pieces in the media. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list of statements or reports, and we request our readers to forward the responses (if any) made by their respective students’ or teachers’ bodies so that we can add them to this compilation.

    Teachers’ Organizations

* Federation of Central Universities’ Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) – Response

* Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) – Response

* Presidency University – Concerned Faculty Members

* Kerala University Teachers’ Association (KUTO) – Response

* West Bengal College & University Teachers’ Association (WBCUTA) and West Bengal Government College Teachers’ Association (WBGCTA) – Response

    Students’ Organizations

* All India Students’ Association (AISA) – Response

* Students’ Federation of India (SFI) – Response

* National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) – Response; Letter to Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union HRD Minister (Part I, Part II

* As per media reports, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has also expressed serious concerns over the HECI Draft Bill.

    Other organizations

* As per media reports, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has protested the HECI bill, and will decide on future course of action very soon.

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