“There is no need to disband the University Grants Commission and replace it with Higher Education Commission of India with only regulatory powers,” Palaniswami said
The government is not averse to extending the deadline for receiving feedback on the proposal to restructure UGC, but the ministry has already got many sincere responses from people, says higher education secretary R. Subrahmanyam
The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry had last week announced its decision to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) with the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) by repealing the UGC Act, 1951
Draft law on revamping higher education governance raises fears of micro-management, more curbs on autonomy
The HRD Ministry has asked all educationists, stakeholders and the general public to give comments and suggestions before 5 pm on July 7 on the draft, which has been released on its website.
The draft Act proposes to rechristen UGC as the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). The regulator, in its new avatar, will only focus on setting, maintaining and improving academic standards in universities. The ministry will take over its grant-giving function.
The higher education regulator on November 9, 2015, had directed 10 deemed universities, including the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani and the BIT in Mesra, to shut down their off-campus centres as they were “unauthorised” and set up without its permission.
Apart from Mithibai and Jai Hind, Nagindas Khandwala, Ramnarain Ruia, VJTI, Jamnalal Bajal, KJ Somaiya and St Xavier’s colleges also enjoy autonomous status.
The University Grants Commission on Thursday scrapped oral interviews, or viva voce, as the sole criterion for admission to Ph.D and M.Phil programmes
Representatives of Hindu College pointed out that no institution affiliated to DU can become autonomous unless the university Act is amended.
New reservation norms in faculty appointments threaten to diminish opportunities for Dalits, tribals and OBCs.
The survey showed that not even half of the respondents knew about the ICC in their college.
Out of these twenty-four fake universities, eight are from Delhi. The list is available at the official website of University Grants Commission, ugc.ac.in.
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association has, meanwhile, decided to stage a protest, claiming that the autonomous college scheme is a move towards privatisation.
Last year too, UGC had released a list of such fake universities which included Maithili University/Vishwavidyalaya, Darbhanga (Bihar), Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi (UP), Commercial University Ltd Daryaganj (New Delhi), United Nations University, Delhi and Vocational University, Delhi.