The Scheme of Autonomous Colleges offers academic and operative freedom to the Colleges, said the minister in his reply.
"The autonomy so awarded under the scheme enables a College to determine and prescribe its own courses of study and syllabi and restructure and redesign the courses to suit local needs and to devise innovative methods of teaching, examination and evaluation', he added.
"The scheme of Autonomous Colleges is open for all Colleges. Any number of Colleges under a University can apply for award of autonomous status to UGC under this scheme", he said.
However, he also noted that colleges are granted autonomous status only when they fulfill conditions as prescribed in the guidelines of the scheme of Autonomous Colleges.
In a sign of protest last month, groups of students and teachers from Delhi University under the banner of Delhi University Teacher's Association (DUTA) marched to the Vice Chancellor's office the move by Delhi University officials to encourage colleges into applying for autonomous status.
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