INDIA: Expert panel to prove university autonomy

India's Human Resource Development Ministry has set up a high-powered committee, under legal expert NR Madhava Menon to come with a comprehensive policy on the issue of autonomy for higher education institutions such as central universities and the elite institutes of technology and management, reports The Times of India.

The six-member committee, which also has three additional special invitees, has been asked to review the state of institutional autonomy in in academic governance and financial matters.

The panel will recommend mechanism for norm-based funding of central institutions for development and maintenance, with the aim of enhancing their financial autonomy. It will also suggest measures by which institutional autonomy can percolate through to governance structures within universities and to lecturers. It will also decide how to foster accountability so that institutions can function as public institutions.
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