UGC Grants Autonomy To 60 Educational Institutions: Here's What It Means

JNU and BHU are among the 5 Central Universities which have been granted the autonomy by UGC.

UGC Grants Autonomy To 60 Educational Institutions: Here's What It Means

UGC Grants Full Autonomy To 62 Higher Education Institutions: Here's What You Should Know

New Delhi:  Hailing it as a 'historic' decision, Minister of Human Resources and Development Prakash Javadekar yesterday announced the decision of UGC to grant autonomy to 60 higher educational institutes (52 Universities and 8 colleges). These are the institutes which have maintained good academic standards in terms of NAAC score or corresponding score from a reputed accreditation agency empaneled by UGC or reputed world rankings.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU) are among the 5 Central Universities which have been granted the autonomy, that means these institutes 'will have the freedom to start new courses, off campus centers, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programs. They will also have the freedom to hire foreign faculty, enroll foreign students, give incentive based emoluments to the faculty, enter into academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes.'

By granting autonomy, 'the Government is striving to introduce a liberalized regime in the education sector and emphasis is on linking autonomy with quality,' said Prakash Javadekar.

University of Hyderabad, The English and Foreign Languages University (Telangana) and Aligarh Muslim University have also been granted the status by UGC.

Under the UGC for grant of graded autonomy regulations 2018, Universities are categorized into three categories. While a score of 3.51 or above is the criteria for placing a University in category 1, it is 3.26-3.50 for category 2. Those Universities which do not come under both the categories come under category 3.

Twenty five category 1 Universities have been granted the autonomy by UGC.

OP Jindal Global University, Haryana and Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gujarat with NAAC score 3.26 and 3.39, respectively are the only two private Universities in the list.

With the grant of autonomy, Universities in category 1 like JNU, BHU can engage in academic collaboration with foreign institutions in top 500 of Times Higher Education World University Rankings or QS Rankings or top 200 of discipline specific ranking in Times Higher Education World University Rankings or QS Rankings.

These Universities can also 'may open research parks, incubation centres, university society linkage centres, in self-financing mode, either on its own or in partnership with private partners, without approval of Commission,' reads the regulation.

UGC has also granted the autonomy to 21 State Universities and 24 Deemed to be Universities. Eight colleges have also been granted autonomy. These colleges will be free to set their own syllabus, hold examinations, carry out evaluation as well as declare results. Only the degree will be awarded by the respective university.

University Teachers Slam UGC Autonomy Move, Call It A Ploy To Wash Hands Off Grants

On the other hand, Regulations on Autonomous Colleges and Graded Autonomy had received a stern backlash from teachers and students. Teacher associations have called it as another way to commercialise public funded institutions.

According to them, with the introduction of graded autonomy, higher educational institutions would turn to teaching shops.

On 16 February, thousands of students, teachers participated in Shiksha Bachao (Save Education) joint rally of DUTA, DUCKU, DUSU, FEDCUTA and AIFUCTO.

"Higher fees will increase the economic burden on parents and students and put education out of the reach of students from economically and socially marginalised sections of our society as well as women. It will also make education of the basic and core areas of humanities, social sciences and sciences unsustainable," the teachers warned in a statement.

List of Universities Given Autonomy By UGC

Central Universities
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
The English and Foreign Languages University, Telangana
University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Aligarh Muslim University , Aligarh
State Universities
Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, Kolkata
Algappa University, Karaikudi
NALSAR University of Law, Telangana
SavitribaiPhule Pune University, Pune
Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
National Law University Delhi, Dwarka
Utkal University, Bhubaneswar
Osmania University, Hyderabad
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
University of Jammu, Jammu
University of Mysore, Mysuru
Anna University, Chennai
Punjab University, Chandigarh
Kakatiya University, Warangal
Punjabi University, Patiala
Rajiv Gandhi University of Law, Patiala
National Law University Odisha, Cuttack
University of Madras, Chennai
Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati
Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar
Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
Deemed To Be Universities
Homi Bhabha National Institute Mumbai, Maharashtra
Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha,
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), Visakhapatnam, AP
Narsee Monjee Institute of Studies, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth,  Pune, Maharashtra
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra
TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi
Jain University, Bangalore, Karnataka
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar, Odisha
JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research, Mysore, Karnataka
Symbiosis International, Pune, Maharashtra
Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 
The Indian Law Institute, New Delhi
Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA)Thanjavur, TN
ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education and Research, Hyderabad, Telangana
Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra
Manipal Academy of Higher Education
KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, Belgaum, Karnataka
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Private Universities
O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana
Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

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