New Delhi: The ministry of labour and employment Friday released a quarterly survey reports on effect of recession on employment in selected sectors in India. The changes in employment that took place during the last quarter falling in the financial year 2009-10 (January-March 2010 over the corresponding period of 2009) indicates that the overall employment in the eight selected sectors has increased by 10.66 lakh during this period. In IT/BPO sector the increase in the employment is maximum (6.9 lakh) during the year, a ministry statement quoting the survey said.
The selected sectors are textiles, leather, metals, automobiles, gems and jewellery, transport, IT/BPO and handloom.
At overall level, the employment has increased by 0.61 lakh in quarter ending March 2010 over the one ending December 2009. However, in textile sector, the employment has declined by 1.19 lakh during the above corresponding period.
Meet on medical education next week
New Delhi: The controversy over who should control medical education in India may be resolved next week when the secretaries of higher education and health meet. The discussions may also have implications for regula tion of other branches of h igher education, human resource development (HRD) ministry officials said.
“There’s no conflict between the two ministries. But after the Medical Council of India (MCI) fraud case, the health ministry is on weak ground. Right now, the focus is not on who will control what, but (on) giving autonomy to universities and institutions, and not to bodies like AICTE (All India Council For Technical Education), MCI or UGC (University Grants Commission),” an HRD ministry official said on condition of anonymity. “The meeting is expected to discuss this issue as well other than addressing a few queries put forth by the health ministry.”
As per the draft proposal for a National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER), the HRD ministry wants to put all higher education, including medicine, under one umbrella.
The ministry official said that the NCHER concept emerged from the Yash Palpanel report on higher education that mooted a super-regulator to provide autonomy to universities and top higher educational institutes while overseeing them. The National Knowledge Commission also endorsed the idea of doing away with regulators such as AICTE and UGC.
Another HRD ministry official said NCHER may be established as an independent regulator such as the Securities and Exchange Board of India.
“It may not be under the HRD ministry, and education under several ministries may be part of it. Technical education, conventional education and medical education may be three branches, but all under one overseeing authority, which will give educational institutes a longer rope and better autonomy to function without an ‘inspector raj’ culture,” the official added.
The official said that when experts working to finalize NCHER went around the country, they got feedback from some medical education providers that “they are not happy with MCI and will appreciate working under an overarching body ”.