With heritage tag,govt to give ageold varsities more funds

The government is planning give more funds and autonomy to academic institutions of high distinction

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published: July 2, 2013 4:06 am

The government is planning give more funds and autonomy to academic institutions of high distinction that have educated generations of students. It will also give a special ‘heritage status’ that are at least a 100 years old as per a Rs 100 crore proposal being finalised by the Union human resource development ministry.

Making the cut are state universities like Universities of Calcutta ,Bombay and Madras set up in 1857,Presidency University (1817),Osmania University (1908) Central Universities Aligarh Muslim University (1875) and Allahabad University (1887) and deemed universities like Indian Veterinary Research Institute (1889),Ramakrishna Mission Vivekanand University (1897) ,Jamia Hamdard (1906),Indian Institute of Science (1909) and Bengal Engineering & Science University (1856). Jadavpur University,Forest Research Institute (1906),Indian Agricultural Research Institute (1902) are also being considered for the heritage tag.

As many as 15 varsities that are 100-150 years old have been identified by the ministry for the heritage status that promises special privileges like academic and administrative autonomy,exemption from certain governmental rules in governance,appointments of heads of these institutions,faculty appointments but with accountability clauses set by UGC and other regulatory bodies and timely assessment .

The special status will be analogues to the ‘autonomous status’ that the UGC awards to select colleges or to the UGC scheme of ‘Universities/Colleges with Potential for Excellence’. The identified institutions will also be eligible for a special annual lumpsum grant ranging from Rs 6-12 crore from UGC/HRD ministry,budgetary provision for which are likely top be made during each five-year period.

The scheme will be spread across three categories of institutes: universities 150 years old or more that will get Rs 10-12 crore each,varsities 125-149 years old to get Rs 8-10 crore each,varsities 100-124 years old to get Rs 6-8 crore each.

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