Hari Gautam Committee

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 22, 2022, 6:08

The Hari Gautam Committee, a committee set up by the HRD Ministry, was established in 2014. This committee eventually led to the HC seeking anti-corruption measures and preventing corruption in higher education institutions. This committee aimed at setting up an effective grievance redressal mechanism by the end of 2016.

What is Hari Gautam Committee?

The Hari Gautam Committee has been constituted by the Ministry of HRD, under the chairmanship of Dr Hari Gautam. The Hari Gautam Committee has been formed to review the present structure and functioning of UGC and suggest urgent measures for structural procedural changes in order to ensure better performance and efficiency. The Departmental Hari Gautam Committee was constituted in keeping with the principle of devolution of powers and functions, headed by a member of the Human Resource Development team in each Ministry i.e., Secretary (Secretary level). It would meet as often as needed but not more than two times in a year for matters relating to the internal functioning of that department.

What is UGC?

UGC stands for University Grants Commission (UGC) is an autonomous organization responsible for maintaining standards of higher education in India. It was set up by an act of Parliament and is managed by a committee appointed by the Government. UGC has a number of committees and working groups on different subjects related to higher education.

The UGC has been functioning since its establishment in 1956 under the chairmanship of Prof. Hari Gautam, who remained at its helm till his retirement in 1990 when Prof M.S. Thirumalai became the Chairman. He continued till 1995 when Prof B S Kalkat took over as Chairman until he retired in 2002.

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Hari Gautam Committee Objective

The objective of the Hari Gautam Committee is to look into the various reports and give suggestions for radical changes in the functioning of UGC. The Departmental Committee has been constituted by the Ministry of HRD to review the present structure and functioning of UGC, to suggest urgent measures for structural procedural changes in order to ensure better performance and efficiency.

Hari Gautam Committee Functions

The Hari Gautam Committee will review various reports and suggest necessary changes in the functioning of UGC along with improvement measures. It may initiate action if it is satisfied that there is a need for implementing any of the suggestions. The terms of reference have been given to the committee by the Ministry of HRD.

The Hari Gautam Committee has been formed to review the present structure and functioning of UGC, to suggest urgent measures for structural procedural changes in order to ensure better performance and efficiency. The Hari Gautam Committee will review various reports and suggest necessary changes in the functioning of UGC along with improvement measures. The Hari Gautam Committee may initiate action if it is satisfied that there is a need for implementing any of the suggestions.

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FAQs on Hari Gautam Committee

Q1: Why was the Hari Gautam Committee set up?

The Hari Gautam Committee has been set up to review the present structure and functioning of UGC, to suggest urgent measures for structural procedural changes in order to ensure better performance and efficiency. The Departmental Hari Gautam Committee has been constituted by the Ministry of HRD to review the present structure and functioning of UGC, to suggest urgent measures for structural procedural changes in order to ensure better performance and efficiency.

Q2: What is the term of reference (ToR) of the Hari Gautam Committee?

The Terms of Reference(ToR) have been given by the Ministry of HRD.

Q3: How UGC is managed by a Hari Gautam Committee?

UGC stands for University Grants Commission (UGC) is an autonomous organization that is responsible for the maintenance of standards of higher education in India. It was set up by an act of Parliament and is managed by a Hari Gautam Committee appointed by the Government. UGC has a number of Hari Gautam Committees and working groups on different subjects related to higher education.

Q4. How will the Hari Gautam Committee function achieve its objectives?

The Hari Gautam Committee will review various reports and suggest necessary changes in the functioning of UGC along with improvement measures. It may initiate action if it is satisfied that there is a need for implementing any of the suggestions.