Sunday, May 30, 2010

MHRD task force favours medical education under NCHER

Armed with a new draft of the bill that takes into account the countrys federal structure and a new nomenclature Higher Education and Research Bill the consultation by the Task Force of Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) on Saturday saw widespread support for inclusion of medical education within the purview of the proposed National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER). However, HRD minister Kapil Sibal said the final decision, be it inclusion of medical education or other issues, will not be taken by his ministry alone. The decision will be of the government at the highest level, he said.

But task force member N.R. Madhava Menon said during the nationwide consultation there was a widespread view that medical education be made part of NCHER. He said even legal education and agriculture should be brought under it. Menon said that since there was a constitutional impediment in bringing agriculture under NCHER, the government should bring an amendment for the purpose.

Source: The Times of India, May 30, 2010

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