Once identified, the target for ‘Institutions for Eminence’ would be to break into the top 500 bracket in one internationally reputed ranking framework in 10 years and come up in the top 100 over time.
Teachers and students have come together to form a body, the All India Environment Science Student Union, saying this also amounts to violation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.
The ministry officials had earlier claimed a detailed blueprint of the proposed regulator and its legislation is being worked upon. It was felt that multiple regulatory bodies led to excessive and restrictive regulation contributing to the lack of autonomy.
The HRD Ministry, in a letter dated July 26, has nominated Sanjay Shrivastav, a retired professor of opthalmology, and B Srinivas, assistant director general at the Directorate of Health Services under the Health Ministry, to the committee.
The Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey also informed that the idea of establishing a single regulator for higher education has been proposed by various committees.
The candidates will have to apply online from August 1 and the last date to submit the application form online is August 30, 2017. The fee can be paid up to August 31, 2017.
In a fresh communication to varsities, the UGC has asked them “to submit details of the programmes conducted in a prescribed format and upload videos and photographs as well.
To be eligible for ‘Category II’, universities should either have been accredited by NAAC with a score between 3.01 and 3.49 or ranked between 51 and 100 in the NIRF ranking.
The ABVP has demanded that the UGC must look into the eligibility criteria of vice-chancellors and principals.
The interview will be held on May 17
The ministry is learnt to have despatched the order in the first week of November after five earlier letters, urging the UGC to initiate stern action against erring institutions, went unheeded.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani attributed the change to the poor response from foreign universities.
The UGC has allowed deemed university them to set up as many satellite centres they wish but after meeting certain conditions
Teachers’ bodies had been complaining that the new API norms would increase the work load of teachers
The panel will also examine the present structure of emoluments and conditions of service of University and College teachers, librarians, physical education personnel and other academic staff in universities and colleges