CM stresses need for setting up University Service Commission

Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Friday that he was convinced of the need for setting up the University Service Commission in the wake of big shortage in number of teachers in varsities and colleges in Bihar.

Intervening during a debate on the Patna University (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the state legislative Assembly,  he said he is sure the Commission would be able to recruit teachers fast.

On the doubts about autonomy of the proposed University Service Commission, as raised by the opposition parties, Nitish said his government would rope in qualified scholars in the Commission and give them freedom to appoint the best available persons as teachers in universities and colleges of the state.

He said the state government would also provide the required infrastructure and manpower to enable the Commission to discharge its duties.

He said his government wants to substantially increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education institutions in Bihar at 30 per cent from the present 13 per cent, which is abysmally low compared to the national average of 25 per cent.

The chief minister said his government has established a number of higher education institutions in law, management and technology in Bihar over the past decade and was committed to give full autonomy to the proposed University Service Commission to work in a transparent manner.

Regretting the scam in Bihar School Examination Board results last year as well as the Bihar Staff Selection Commission this year Nitish claimed that the state government acted promptly by setting up a Special Investigation Team to probe it. He assured the House that the accused would not be spared and added the mechanism has been put in place to ensure that such incidents were not repeated.



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