OU professors oppose proposed ordinance on private varsities

Staff Reporter

The Constitution doesn't permit setting up of private varsities: Vishweshwer Rao`Foreign varsities will have commercial interests in mind while designing courses'

HYDERABAD: Osmania University Save Education Committee, an initiative of senior professors, has strongly opposed the proposed move of the Government to bring in an ordinance permitting private universities and foreign universities to offer their courses here.

"Let there be debate first in academic circles on the need and structure of such institutions. Till then, the Government should put on hold the moves to bring in an ordinance," P. L. Vishweshwer Rao, president of the Committee, demanded at a press conference here on Thursday. He said the issue was serious and needs wider discussions at various levels involving all the groups like students, teachers, social scientists and parents. Prof. Rao was of the view that private universities or foreign players would have commercial interests in mind while designing courses and this needs to be checked. "Social sciences and humanities too occupy an important place in society and these profit-motive institutions would totally ignore them," he said. The idea of universities is not to produce candidates needed for market forces but complete students useful for society. Moreover, Indian Constitution doesn't permit establishment of private universities.

He reminded that even the Knowledge Commission and the Veerappa Moily Committee had acknowledged the importance of social sciences and humanities streams, which were being conveniently ignored by the Government. He said a seminar was being organised at Arts College on April 13 to sensitise people about the proposed ordinance .