Tandon panel plan to relocate students

T. Ramakrishnan

Priority to facilitating migration to appropriate equivalent courses

Ph.D. scholars, students will require re-allotment to other universities

Panel calls for a different approach to medical courses

CHENNAI: Conscious of the plight of students who have enrolled themselves in “innovative or emerging” courses of 44 deemed universities facing de-recognition, the Tandon task force has emphasised that in such cases, establishing equivalence should be given the highest priority and students should be migrated to the most appropriate equivalent programmes.

This approach should be used even in respect of those students who were not eligible from the beginning to be in such programmes. The Union government and its agencies would have to persuade State governments/State universities to accommodate and facilitate relocation of such students, according to the task force’s 12-page action plan on migration or re-assignment of students of the deemed universities. The problem of reassignment would be more difficult if there are no equivalent courses. In such cases, students may be given an option to choose a similar or compatible course under the affiliating university.

Acknowledging that the migration of medical students is somewhat different from that of students in other disciplines, the panel has called for a different approach as students would have to be migrated to a course in medicine and no other.

Where there is a medical college as a constituent unit of a validly operating deemed university under the same management, affected students from medical courses should be attached to such an institution or any other validly operating deemed university’s medical college. Where there are no such avenues, affected students should be moved to any State medical college, as the State government concerned would have initially given the essentiality certificate which entails State responsibility for the assignment of students. As for Ph.D. scholars and other students in research programmes of deemed universities, the committee has noted that a large number of candidates are part-time students. These institutions have inadequate facilities and research guides. In the event of withdrawal of the ‘deemed university’ status, the Ph.D. scholars and students would require re-allotment to other universities or institutions. It will be necessary for the State governments and State universities to assist the Ph.D. scholars to find alternative arrangements. Or, the re-designated colleges obtain affiliation to universities and the research guides and full-time students may seek recognition from the universities concerned. Part-time Ph.D. students should likewise re-registration in another university. The number of students likely to be affected is in the range of 1,000 to 1,500, many of whom are part time.

Distance education

In the case of students of distance education programmes of deemed universities, the committee has suggested that in the cases of approval given by Distance Education Council for such programmes, affected students be assigned by the DEC to the Indira Gandhi National Open University or the appropriate State Open University. If the courses are run without the approval of the authorities, the migration of students to relevant recognised programmes of distance learning should be facilitated at the cost of the respective deemed universities, and action taken against such universities.

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