Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal has announced that the review report of the deemed universities would be finalized in a fortnight. He has also said that his ministry is determined to bring about radical changes in the field of legal education in India despite criticism from the Bar Council of India (BCI).
Presenting a status report regarding 100-day programme of the HRD Ministry, Sibal said that the report on the deemed universities would be transparent and would be put on the website of the ministry.
He also informed that his Ministry is going to table three important Bills in the next sitting of the Parliament, including one that provides for setting up an authority to replace all existing regulatory bodies.
Besides, a draft Cabinet note for the creation of National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) for inter-ministerial consultations. The proposed NCHER will replace UGC, AICTE, DCE and NCTE and act as an apex body for higher education and research.
Sibal said that the Ministry has also readied another Bill that would open doors for foreign education providers into the country.
On introduction of reforms in legal education, the Minister brushed aside criticism from the Bar Council of India (BCI), saying the government would go ahead with them.
The minister said that though there were some “vested interests” keen on stalling reforms, the government was determined to go ahead with the revamp.
He said the ministry was exploring the possibility of introducing law as a subject at the undergraduate level – schools and colleges – to enable a large number of young people to gain legal knowledge.
“Instead of insisting on having a system like BA, LLB, why don’t we have a BA law? There can be a doctor-lawyer or an engineer-lawyer,” he said.