Performing colleges will be empowered
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The University Grants Commission has notified guidelines for changes to Colleges that perform will now be able to apply for autonomous status, which will permit them to start new courses and programmes, set syllabi and even “fix fees for courses at their own level.
- To be eligible for such autonomy, the colleges must have been given ‘A’ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, which means a Cumulative Grade Points Average of at least 3 on a scale of 4.
- The conferring of autonomous status will empower colleges to “review existing courses/programmes and, restructure, redesign and prescribe its own courses/programmes of study and syllabi formulate new courses/programmes within the nomenclature specified by UGC; evolve methods of assessment of student’s performance, conduct of examinations and notification of results; and announce results, issue mark sheets, migration and other certificates.
- Reservation policies will apply to these colleges too.
- The degrees, including PhDs, shall be awarded by the university with the name of the college on the degree certificate. The colleges will continue to be affiliated to the university but will enjoy autonomy to take their own decisions. Autonomous status will initially be granted for 10 years, but can be extended for five years at a time.
- Such colleges will also have the right to appoint their own faculty and principal as per existent UGC regulations.
- Colleges (of any discipline) whether aided, partially aided and unaided/self-financing are eligible provided they are under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act. The college should have at least 10 years of existence,” the notification says.
University Grant Commission
The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India is a statutory organisation set up by the Union government in 1956, charged with coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of university education. It provides recognition to universities in India, and disburses funds to such recognized universities and colleges. Prof. Ved Prakash, a noted academician and education administrator, is the incumbent Chairman of UGC, India. Its headquarters are in New Delhi, and six regional centres in Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Bangalore.
Functions of University Grants Commission or UGC
The prime functions of the University Grants Commission are as follows:
- It provides funds to the various higher educational institutes.
- It carries out the function of co-ordination, determination and maintenance of standards in institutions of higher education.
- Promoting and coordinating university education.
- Determining and maintaining standards of teaching, examination and research in universities.
- Framing regulations on minimum standards of education.
- Monitoring developments in the field of collegiate and university education; disbursing grants to the universities and colleges.
- Serving as a vital link between the Union and state governments and institutions of higher learning.
- Advising the Central and State governments on the measures necessary for improvement of university education.
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