Prime minister pushes plan to set up private universities

The prime minister’s office has instructed the human resource development ministry to fast-track a plan to set up 10 private autonomous universities for research and innovation. The move could pave the way for world-class private institutions for higher studies to come up in the country, writes Brajesh Kumar for Hindustan Times.

These institutions, unlike the current lot of private universities regulated by the University Grants Commission, will be free of government control and have their own curriculum and fees. They will have full autonomy in hiring faculty and all other aspects of administration, sources said.

“The directive from the prime minister’s office is being deliberated in the ministry and we could soon come out with a framework to set up such universities,” a human resource development ministry official said. But another official said there was no clarity on how this could be achieved.
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