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Government of Andhra Pradesh
G.O.Ms.No.30 Higher Education (UE) Department
Higher Education – Introduction of A.P.Private Universities in the State of Andhra Pradesh – Orders -Issued.
G.O.Rt.No. 420, Higher Education (UE) Department, dated 18-10-2014
1. As the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh has been left bereft of several reputed institutions and there is an imminent need for infusing investment in the realm of higher education, the Government has now proposed the “A.P. Private Universities(Establishment and Regulation) Bill, 2015”.
2. The State Government has already declared its intention to develop Andhra Pradesh as “A Knowledge Hub” which would provide high quality, research oriented and industry relevant education.
3. Considering the massive targets that are involved and the budgetary constraints, Private Universities will play a supportive role in the State’s endeavour to establish educational institutions of international standards so as to attract students from the State as well as other States and abroad and to enable to achieve national objectives of better access, equity and excellence in higher education.
- There are at present over 190 university-level institutions in the country set up and managed as self-financed institutions.
- These institutions have succeeded in imparting undergraduate education on a mass scale.
However, barring a few exceptions, the contribution of these universities to research is not encouraging. Changing their mindset from just teaching to research and learning marks a challenge.
- This challenge calls for an altogether novel approach in setting up of a new private university.
Accordingly, the proposed private universities should be “Greenfield Universities” with commitment to excellence in Education and Research.
7. In the reference read above, orders were issued constituting a High Power Committee with
i) Sri Asutosh Mishra, IAS (Retd.),
ii)Prof. P. Rama Rao, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad,
iii)Prof. M.S. Prasada Rao (Retd.), Andhra University, iv) Prof. V.S. Rao, Director, BITS, Pilani and Chairman, APSCHE as Member-Convener for suitable suggestions.
8. The said Committee after detailed deliberations and discussions has brought out the draft “A.P. Private Universities (Establishment and Regulation) Bill, 2015”.
9. The draft “A.P. Private Universities (Establishment and Regulation) Bill, 2015” has been prepared in the form of a compendious Act that contains the objects of the University, Procedure for establishing the University, Power and Functions, Officers and authority of the University, Statutes, Ordinances, and Regulations, Funds of the University and Procedure for winding up of University, etc.
- The salient features of the proposed Bill are as follows:
i) Any sponsoring body can be a Society registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860 OR A.P. Societies Registration Act, 2001 OR Indian Trusts Act, 1882 OR a Company registered under Companies Act (Section 6 & 7).
ii) The Screening Committee constituted by the A.P. State Council of Higher Education will consider the proposal based on the financial soundness and experience of the sponsoring body as well as the potentiality of the courses relevant to the various development sectors and society in general (Section 8).
iii) The government would authorize the A.P. State Council of Higher Education to issue the Letter of Intent (Section10).
iv) If the Government is satisfied that the sponsoring body has complied with the conditions of ‘Letter of intent’, it will bring appropriate Legislation for the inclusion of the name of the University in Schedule-I.
v) The Government shall have the power to direct any upwards revision of the Endowment Fund.
vi) The Endowment Fund shall be invested in such instruments as the Government may prescribe and kept invested until the dissolution of the university.
vii) The particulars of Endowment Fund, land requirements, space requirements, books and journals, equipment and infrastructure, academic departments and faculty, I.T. infrastructure are mentioned in Schedule-II.
viii) The admission fee structure will be as prescribed.
ix)The dissolution of the sponsoring body and the university will be in such a manner as prescribed (Section 43).
11. The government has examined the matter and decided that there is a necessity of encouraging private investments by top national and international higher education institutions in Andhra Pradesh State, to promote human resource development, research, innovation, and industrial development.
Accordingly, Government hereby directs the Secretary, A.P. State Council of Higher Education to put the Andhra Pradesh Private Universities (Establishment and Regulation) Bill 2015 on A.P.State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) web site for discussion in the public domain for next one month (from 1-30 September 2015). The said Bill is appended to this order.
- The Secretary, APSCHE, AP, Hyderabad shall take necessary action in the matter.