New Delhi: A group of academicians of Gujarat University (GU) started a campaign against the controversial Gujarat State Higher Education Council (GSHEC) Bill 2016 which was passed by the Assembly in the Budget Session.

They demanded the government to withdraw the Bill, alleging it was an attempt by the BJP government to ‘snatch’ autonomy of universities and give ‘absolute power’ to the state.

Reports said a discussion session was organised at the hall of Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat (KCG) on Sunday by various teaching and non-teaching staff associations of GU and other universities.

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Former vice-chancellor of Gujarat University and advisor to the government on higher education AU Patel, who was chairperson of the committee tasked with drafting of the Bill, also attended the function.

GSHEC Bill was passed unanimously on the last day of the Budget session of Assembly on March 31, in the absence of opposition Congress.

As per the Bill, the Chief Minister would be president of the council, while education minister would be its vice-president and MoS for education the co-vice-president.

Experts say that the bill would affect the quality of education if power was taken from the university chancellors.

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