|Varsity Act amendments expected to be tabled in March|
|Tuesday, 13 December 2011 08:49am|
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PETALING JAYA: The draft amendments to the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) 1971 are expected to be tabled in Parliament in March next year.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the draft amendments should be ready by the end of next month.
“A committee overseeing amendments to the UUCA has been set under the ministry’s Legal Unit,” he said in a statement.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced in Parliament last month that Section 15 of the UUCA would be amended to respect the constitutional rights of students aged 21 and above.
Mohamed Khaled said the committee comprises representatives from the ministry and several local and private universities.
The committee, he added, would obtain views from stakeholders, as well as look at how amendments will affect the other parts of the UUCA.
“All universities have been asked to hold discussions on the amendments among its students and academics.
“Their views can then be forwarded to the committee either through meetings or social media,” he said.
Mohamed Khaled said Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti Sains Malaysia would hold their discussions on Dec 18 and Dec 20 respectively.
He said Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah would be chairing a roundtable discussion on amendments to Section 15 of the UUCA this Saturday.
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