Deemed universities must fulfil certain criteria to maintain its high educational status but will relax the control of UGC on them
Deemed Universities enjoying the status and privileges of a university now has to follow certain new rules set by UGC to maintain its educational standing.
Few eligibility criteria must be fulfilled by the Deemed university which includes performance in the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF), enrollment of minimum 2,000 students and 100 regular teachers on campus. Additionally, the university must have a NAAC grade of at least 3.01 or NBA accreditation for two-thirds of the courses for two consecutive cycles.
It is expected that UGC will approve these new regulations by next week but these policies will also inhibit the inspection team from accepting any hospitality from the institution that has applied for the deemed tag.
Enjoy the autonomous status granted by UGC
The entire expenditure on the physical inspection will be borne by the Commission and these proposed rules meant to align with deemed universities regulations will ultimately relax the control of UGC from them.
‘Categorisation of Universities for Grant of Graded Autonomy’ by UGC aims to provide academic and administrative freedom to institutions under three categories, based on their NAAC accreditation.
Certain changes proposed by the Draft committee for deemed universities are as follows:
- Deemed universities which have been placed in either Category I or Category II have been exempted from taking approval of the UGC from starting courses in its main campus and approved off-campuses.
- Deemed universities in Category I have been exempted from the physical inspection of the UGC in case of starting off-campus.
- Category-II institutions, as per discretion of Chairman, UGC, may or may not be inspected by the UGC, in case of starting off-campus and inclusion of Institutions under the ambit of DTBU.
- Category I & Category II Institution have been exempted from periodic inspection of the UGC.
- Category-I & II Institution may offer distance education programmes as per the UGC (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017, as amended from time to time. Earlier, it was not permitted for those Institutions which are established after 2010.
- Punishment clause has been made more structured. It has been segregated into two parts: minor punishment (procedural violations of the Regulations viz. non-alignment of MoA/Rules, the irregular appointment of the vice-chancellor, non-formation of different authorities of the deemed university) and major punishment (violations leading to award unauthorised degrees resulting jeopardise the future of students).
Well, it is to see that the implementation of these proposed regulations by UGC will be framed or not as of now the union government has already drafted a bill of replacing the UGC to promote quality education at colleges and universities.
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