Tripathi made the comments while speaking on the topic of ‘Higher Education: Changing Scenario’, at the 30th Foundation Day celebrations of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
According to police officials, around 40 students were detained and taken to Parliament Street police station.
The UGC has also asked educational institutions across the country to appoint gender champions — students responsible for spreading the message of gender parity — to promote gender equality.
Since October 2010, undergoing assessment and accreditation from NAAC is mandatory for arts, science, commerce and recognised colleges all over the country
The Indian Express spoke to some students who have been camping outside the office from day one to understand what the non-NET fellowship means to them and why they continue to ‘Occupy UGC’.
About 50 students of Jamia, Delhi University (DU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) had reportedly planned to disrupt Prakash’s speech by shouting slogans.
At its 510th meeting held on October 7, the UGC decided to discontinue the non-NET fellowship programme.
On Friday, the protesters were picked up by the CRPF and ITBP personnel and taken to Bhalswa Dairy police station on the outskirts of Delhi.
Messages of support have also been pouring in from Allahabad University, AMU and Panjab University.
Around 100 students from various universities who have camped there since Wednesday protesting against the discontinuation of the non NET scholarship for research scholars, said around 200 RAF personnel “forcibly picked them up when they were asleep”.
Besides Delhi, protests have been planned in different cities including Allahabad and Patna Friday.
According to the new guidelines, students who are unable to complete the course within the normal or minimum period will get two more years to clear the backlog to qualify for a degree
‘Skilled education is not just industry-based; it goes beyond the needs of the industry.’
According to the October 1 notification, institutes have also been asked to inform the UGC about the type of activities they plan for the occasion.
During a meeting of the Central Hindi Committee on July 28, 2011, it was recommended that Hindi be included as a major subject at the under-graduate level in all universities.