The University Grants Commission (UGC),the statutory body monitoring higher education in the country,has said the over-dependence of colleges and universities on the UGC will retard the growth of higher education in India.
The state universities must not always look at the UGC as a paternalistic body but things must not also come from the bottom, said Vice Chairman of UGC Moolchand Sharma,who was in the city for the Nelson Mandela Endowment Lecture at the Alipore Campus of the University of Calcutta.
Sharma said looking to the UGC for providing everything is not healthy for the growth of educational institutes across the country.
One should realise that we have a federal structure and UGC must perform all its functions as per the UGC Act. But it does not mean that other institutions should sit back and resign from their work, he said. However,Sharma added that the Commission has granted more resources to the state universities in the 11th Five-Year Plan compared to the previous Five-Year Plans.
On the issue of implementation of the a separate curriculum of environmental education as per the directive of the Supreme Court,the vice chairman said he would see to it that the directives of the UGC are implemented by the University of Calcutta. I would verify it from the university and ask it to take the environmental education more seriously, he said.
University of Calcutta has not able to devise a separate paper for environmental education of 100 marks as suggested by the UGC,and in the current academic session it is still continuing with a 50-marks paper as per the earlier practice.
Sharma also said the process for granting status of potential for excellence for colleges across various universities is being looked into by a committee of the UGC.
As per UGCs benchmark of enrollment,the innovation at a college and the performance of the student body of the colleges from the state will be awarded with potential for excellence in the 11th plan period.