HEWC delegation meets Dhan Singh Rawat, vents grievances

A delegation of Higher Education Welfare Council (HEWC) has met the minister of state for higher education Dhan Singh Rawat on Friday and drawn his attention to several issues pertaining to higher education in the state. The chairman of the council Lalit Joshi said that many institutes of higher education in the state have been facing problem due to a government order ( GO) issued by the higher education department on December 14, 2016. He said that the department has effected a major hike in the security deposit for the private colleges. Joshi said that the security amount which earlier was between Rs 50,000 to Rs 3 lakh per course has been hiked and it is now between Rs 15 lakh to Rs 35 lakh which is too high and acting as a deterrent for the private colleges to start new courses. The minister was told that the department has also raised the earlier limit of one acre of land to five acres for setting up an institute of higher education in the state. Joshi said that the fate of many colleges based in the state has been hanging in the balance due to the changes in the requirements. He further said that more than 30000 people are working in 300 self- financed colleges of the state. After hearing out the grievances, the minister assured the delegation that all their demands would be looked into by the state government. The delegation included secretary of council Nishant Thapliyal. Saturday, 02 February 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

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