UGC drafts new rules for graded autonomy

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.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 3, 2017 4:44 am
UGC, UGC-recognised public, private and deemed universities, National Institutions Ranking Framework, indian express news Universities either accredited by NAAC with a score of at least 3.5 or ranked in the top 50 institutions of National Institutions Ranking Framework (NIRF) for two consecutive years will be parked in ‘Category I’.

TOP-RANKING INSTITUTIONS will be relatively free of UGC’s regulatory control, if a new set of regulations drafted by the Commission comes into force. The higher education regulator uploaded the ‘UGC (Categorization of Universities for Grant of Graded Autonomy ) Regulations 2017’ on its website on Friday for public feedback. These regulations aim to divide all UGC-recognised public, private and deemed universities into three categories, each of which will bestow different degrees of autonomy on the educational institutions.

Universities either accredited by NAAC with a score of at least 3.5 or ranked in the top 50 institutions of National Institutions Ranking Framework (NIRF) for two consecutive years will be parked in ‘Category I’. Universities under this category will be free to start a new course, department and school without UGC’s approval. They will also be exempt from UGC’s regular inspections and can collaborate with foreign educational institutions without the regulator’s permission. Their performance will be reviewed based on self-reporting.

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. Although, such universities will also be exempt from UGC’s regular inspections, they will be subject to stricter control in comparison to ‘Category I’ institutions. So, ‘Category II’ universities will need the UGC’s permission to sign MoUs with foreign universities. Their performance will be reviewed by a peer group.

Lastly, institutions categorised as ‘Category III’ will be the most regulated universities. They will not enjoy any of the exemptions granted to their counterparts in ‘Category I & II’.

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    vishnu suryawanshi
    Jun 22, 2017 at 8:43 pm
    keep net/set for everyone who want to enroll for ph.d.
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    shahbaz ahmad khan
    Jun 10, 2017 at 5:02 pm
    It is totally injustice which definitely will take down the poor cl of society.
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    Rayen
    Jun 4, 2017 at 4:27 pm
    In the new draft Clause 5.1-Procedure for award of PhD and Mphil) Passing UGCNET is required only for category III Ins ution. In top ranking Universities wealthy students can enroll PhD. It is not fair. Same yardstick is applicable to category 1 and category II universities also.
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    Bimal barah
    Jun 4, 2017 at 2:59 pm
    This is the need of the hour. The same gradation is equally important for colleges. Only the gradation strategy will enhance accountability of teachers and this will lead quality higher education.
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