7. Mr. E. HARVEY
asked the Under Secretary for India whether the Government 1894 of India are about to introduce legislation on the subject of the management of Indian universities; whether it is proposed to alter the constitution of the syndicates which are the executive authority of the universities, by providing that the members of the syndicate shall be nominated directly by the Government; whether at present such syndicates are partly composed of members elected by the senates of the universities, of which 80 per cent. are already the nominees of the Governor or Lieutenant-Governor of the province concerned; and whether the Government of India have consulted any of the universities in question with regard to these proposals.
The hon. Member will find particulars as to the constitution of the Syndicates in the Sixth Quinquennial Report on Education in India. The Bill to amend the Indian Universities Act does not alter the management of Indian Universities, and, as' regards the Syndicates, merely provides that when a University exercises powers in more than one province the Director of Public Instruction of each such province shall, if the Government so direct, be a Member. The answer to the last part of the question is in the affirmative.