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  • Context (PIB): Mulya Pravah 2.0 was released by the University Grants Commission recently.

Objective of Mulya Pravah 2.0

  • It aims to build value-based institutions, including fundamental duties and constitutional values.

Need for guidelines

  • Findings of a survey of human resource managers highlighted unethical practices in organisations.
  • These included “favouritism; sexual harassment; gender discrimination; inconsistent view on discipline; lack of confidentiality; etc.

University Grants Commission (UGC)

  • Maulana Abul Kalam Azad inaugurated it on 28th December 1953.
  • Act of Parliament in 1956 provided it with statutory status.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • It works to coordinate, determine, and maintain standards of teaching, examination and research in university education.
  1. Mulya Pravah 1.0
    • These guidelines were released in 2019 by UGC.
    • It called for Observing modesty, maintaining good health, and refraining from intoxicants.
    • It also seeks harmony among students from different socio-economic statuses, communities, castes, religions, or regions.

Features

  • Mulya Pravah 2.0 underscores the need for utmost administration transparency.
  • It highlights the need for unbiased, objective decision-making in higher education institutions.
  • It seeks to abolish the discriminatory privileges of officials and encourage punishing the corrupt.
  • It mandates that provisions of the acts, policies, and procedures of universities should be upheld.
  • Guidelines expect staff and student unions to “support the administration in development activities and raise issues in a dignified manner.

Challenges

  • The emphasis on confidentiality conflicts with the right to information.
  • It maintains silence on the issue of teachers’ associations.
  • The guideline does not define what “dignified manner” entails the scope of misuse.
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