Constitutional crisis in Haryana
Pawan Kumar Bansal | 14 Apr 2018

Deputy Director, Cadet Corps, Haryana, on behalf of Director General Higher Education has forwarded the common calendar to VCs with a request that they may adopt the same w.e.f the ensuing academic session after following the due procedures.

Questioning the higher education department's move of common syllabus and common calender, Dr SB Dahiya, a renowned academician and former visiting professor of universities of Rome and Paris and Canberra said, "In Haryana there are half a dozen technical universities and about a dozen general universities. If there is to be common syllabus and common calendar then what is the justification of having so many different autonomous universities instead of one technical and one general university which will save  millions as there will not be any need of so  many Universities."


The director general, higher education has constituted committees which have been directed to hold meetings on April 14 and 15 in Rohtak and Panchkula. They have been directed to submit their reports within less than 24 hours (by 1 pm on April 16) for further necessary action.

Commenting on Haryana government's move of reviewing the syllabus curtailing the powers of the universities, Dr LN Dahiya, former PVC of MDU, Rohtak, told "Gustakhi Maaf Haryana" that framing and reviewing of syllabus for under graduate and post graduate classes should be left to the board of studies and academic councils of the concerned universities, as these statutory bodies have a wider representation of highly acclaimed specialists and experts drawn across the country.


A renowned academician told "Gustakhi Maaf Haryana" that these are the questions and other issues of concern which need immediate attention:


In such a situation, it is the duty of the elected representatives to take initiatives to protect, plead and promote the interests of institutions (government/legislature). The legislature should come forward to intervene in the style and functioning of DGHE and secretary (education). They should be summoned in the Assembly and legal proceedings be initiated against the concerned authorities. It is directly related to image, credibility and prestige of the esteemed institutions.

It is the question of privilege of the members of the Vidhan Sabha. Besides this, the Governor should come forward for maintaining the discipline and decorum of the working style within the constitutional obligations.


It is expected from the Chancellor and Haryana legislature that stern action against the DGHE and secretary (education) should be taken as per the constitutional provisions.


It is a matter of serious concern that the bureaucrats are intervening in the autonomy of higher education. It is pertinent to mention here that higher education is governed as per the university calendar.


Universities are established under the existing laws by the state and central legislatures. The rules, regulations, guidelines, procedures, powers, functions, committees, constitutional bodies viz. academic council.


It is pertinent to mention here that bureaucrats are (mis) using their authority by intervening in constituting the syllabus committees without proper procedure. This is creating crisis in the system of governance. The DGHE has no power to frame the syllabus and working of the university. Because the colleges are directly governed by the universities. Who has authorised the DGHE to take such type of initiative ? In such a situation, the VCs and Chancellor should come forward and  lodge protest.


In addition to this,this is an insult , humiliation for the Legislature of Haryana and custodian of law-abiding Institution.The DGHE and Secretary ( Education) are not above the society, state and system.


who is the competent authority to take decision for framing the new syllabus as per the existing law ?


: Who has taken this decision to issue letters to the Colleges regarding framing the new syllabus ?


: What was the criteria for selecting these subjects 


 Who has taken this decision to select only 11 subjects for change of syllabus ?


: Whether the syllabus is out dated in present scenario ?


: Who was the competent Authority to recommend or select or nominate the name of subject/ syllabus committee members from various colleges ?


 : What was the criteria of selecting the members of subject/syllabus committee members?


 : Who had authorised the DGHE to issue guidelines for framing the syllabus of 11 subjects ?


 Who was the competent Authority to take decision regarding the selection of syllabus committee members , qualifications, teaching experience, contribution in research, administrative and editorial assignments etc.?

: Who had authorised the DGHE to curtail the Autonomy of Universities ?




Dr.S B Dahiya says that  V.C ,s.,,P.V.C,s,, Deans, Registrars etc. In several states there are autonomous colleges having freedom to frame their own curriculum and to take exams and declare results.What makes the state of Haryana not to have autonomous colleges. If directions of the state are to be followed then why to have various university bodies such as Board of Studies, Academic Council, Executive Council , Court etc?  for deciding issue of amendment in syllabus and framing calendar which each university prepares  deepening upon the thrust area.   ..


Dr. K.P.S.Mahalwal, Visiting Prof, of National Law University,Delhi 


- This  is the beginning of education reforms  and we should watch the further development in education system. adding that everything should be done in a transparent way.




 The college and university teachers have raised the eyebrows over the
haste with which the DHE wants to complete the entire process that is
said to be a lengthy affair and requires lots of consideration.