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GNDU & Osmania gets
Rs 107 cr Central grant for revamp
NEW DELHI
: The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has released a grant of Rs 107 crore each to Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) Amritsar and Osmania University, Hyderabad.

GNDU vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh Sandhu in Amritsar confirmed having received the special grant on June 1.

Sandhu said the university has been recognised as a fast emerging university in the country and the ministry has decided to help it in a big way.

Besides GNDU, fund-starved Osmania University (OU) has also been granted Rs 100 crore as part of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) phase-II. An additional amount of Rs 7 crore has also been approved by the ministry for the University Grants Commission-Human Resource Development Centre (UGC-HRDC) at the University.

GNDU vice-chancellor Sandhu said the grant "is supposed to be spent in two years and we have divided it for different projects on the campus.”

Osmania University was recently accredited ‘A+’ grade by NAAC with a score of 3.52 grade points and was also placed under Category-I graded autonomy status. The financial grant from Central government comes at a time when the 100-year-old state university was let down by Telangana government, which had promised Rs 200 crore last year as part of the Centenary celebrations.

However, only Rs 50 crore was released, dashing grand plans of the university to resurrect its glorious past by investing money on various developmental works. Even the Rs 50 crore was not utilized completely by the OU.

On the other hand GNDU vice-chancellor said “A sum of Rs 8 crore will be spent on construction of new laboratories, Rs 7 crore on a lecture theatre, Rs 9.54 crore on installing LED lights across the campus, Rs 7.87 crore on the construction of washrooms, Rs 6.48 crore on furnishing classrooms, Rs 21 crore on upgrading existing laboratories and Rs 9 crore on providing needed equipment to students.” The remaining amount, he said, will be spent on revamping the academic block, administration block, upgrading sewerage system, construction of an open air theatre, rainwater harvesting, solid waste management, upgrading hostels, installation of elevators in the library, renovation of auditoriums, wire system, renovation of playgrounds, developing e-resources, digitisation of the library etc.

INCUBATION CENTRE

As per the announcement made by minister of human resource development Prakash Javadekar, an Incubation centre will be established at the university shortly to cater to the needs of new startup companies.

Autonomy depend on accreditation scores
NEW DELHI : The grant of financial and academic autonomy, with respect to the regulatory controls of the UGC, awarded to the top 62 institutions would depend on the maintenance of quality and standards with high accreditation scores and grades.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had accorded greater autonomy to these institutions on March 20 under two different categories, allowing them to take most of their academic and financial decisions on their own and letting them implement the decisions to achieve excellence without prior approval of the UGC.

"If a university fails to maintain status in a category and moves down to a lower category, it shall not be entitled to enjoy any privileges already accorded to it from the day of such downgrading," the UGC regulations for grant of graded autonomy said.

A university, which has been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a score of 3.51 and above or has figured among the top 500 world universities in an international rating, is entitled for grant of greater autonomy in their functioning under category-I institutions.

The universities, which have been accredited by the NAAC with a score of 3.26 and above, upto 3.50, will be granted greater autonomy under category-II of the institutions.

Rest of the universities will automatically be placed under category-III institutions and face the UGC's control and "close monitoring" till they improve their quality and get the NAAC scores required for grant of graded autonomy.

If a university regains its higher status after losing it, the privileges of that higher category (category I or II) "shall be restored" from the day the status is changed.

In such cases, it will be "incumbent" upon the university concerned to intimate the UGC about its changed status "within thirty days" from the date of the getting new accreditation scores and NAAC grading, the UGC's graded autonomy regulations provide.

The accreditation status awarded by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is valid for a period of five to seven years depending on the results of the quality assessment of a higher education institution by the Council.

Any university, whether government-run or private, is eligible to apply for grant of greater autonomy under the scheme, provided they have secured the prescribed minimum accreditation scores from NAAC.

The UGC will accept the applications for grant of greater autonomy to higher education institutions "at least twice a year," an official said.

UGC warns varsities & colleges on PFMS

From Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI : The University Grants Commission (UGC) has threatened universities and colleges to hold back funds, including student scholarships, if they do not registered with the Public Finance Monitoring System (PFMS).

"Henceforth, beneficiary institutions will not receive any financial assistance from the UGC unless registered on PFMS portal," UGC vice-chairman H Devaraj said on June 14.

The UGC has been repeatedly requesting universities and colleges since April last year to register with the PFMS portal but most of them are still dodging registration. Now the regulator has toughened its stand.

The system has been created by the Finance Ministry for online transfer and management of funds to ensure transparency.

The Centre decided to bring all universities, colleges and other higher educational institutions under the PFMS from April 1, 2015 for timely release of funds to state governments as well as beneficiaries of various central sector schemes.

Disbursal of student scholarships directly to their bank accounts under direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme was also brought under the ambit of PFMS.

To bring all the higher educational institutions on board, the UGC requested them to digitize records of all the students availing scholarships under various schemes of the commission. It also held at least two interface meetings with the universities in last seven months for collection of the students' details, including their bank account information.

"A number of grant-in-aid bills related to old manual cases are still lying pending as the beneficiary university and institutions are still not mapped or registered on the PFMS portal," a UGC official said.

 

 
Prof D P Singh University Grants Commission
Bahadurshah Zafar Marg
New Delhi - 110002

www.ugc.ac.in

 

UGC approves norms for online courses

By Sanjiv Dube
NEW DELHI
: On May 24 the University Grants Commission (UGC) gave a formal approval to online education from this academic session allowing select institutions to offer Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programmes online.

Any institution will be able to apply for online courses if it has been in existence for at least five years and is accredited by NAAC, with a minimum score of 3.26 out of 4, said a Press Information Bureau press note.

The UGC at its May 24 meeting approved the UGC (Online Courses) Regulations, 2018 -- a move described as a "landmark reform" in the field of Higher Education.

Now institutions can offer Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programmes in full-fledged online mode in disciplines in which it has already been offering the same or similar Programmes /Courses at graduate level in regular mode (of classroom teaching) or in Open and Distance Learning mode and from which at least one batch has graduated and approved by the statutory councils. Besides, the institution should have been in the top-100 in overall category in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for at least two years in the previous three years.

Online Programmes requiring Practical/ Laboratory Courses as a curricular requirement shall not be permitted. The exams will be conducted in proctored mode and in conformity with any norms for such examinations stipulated by the commission.

The online learning shall have a minimum of four quadrants: video lectures, e-content, self-assessment and discussion forum to clarify doubts.

However, NAAC and NIRF conditions shall not be applicable to existing government Open Universities till NAAC or similar accreditation system or NIRF are made available.

Aadhaar and Passport shall be used to authenticate the Indian and foreign students respectively for all online interactions including teaching-learning and examinations.

The learners’ engagement will be monitored via participation in asynchronous / synchronous discussions, assignment activity and programme involvement. The analytics of Learning Management System shall be used for ensuring the learner’s participation at least for 2 hours every fortnight.

Overall Regulations provide enabling provisions for maintaining sanctity of admissions, teaching-learning, examination, authenticity of the learner and mandatory disclosure of Programme-wise information such as duration, start & end dates, fee, number of students, name of students with identifier, results, on HEI website/public domain.

These regulations will be made applicable from the academic session 2018-19. This initiative is a big step towards attaining the targeted GER of 30% by the year 2020.

Backgrounder

The Draft Regulation states, “Institutions may design, develop and deliver ‘Online Programmes’ leading to the award of a Degree or Diploma via the Internet, once recognized for the same.”

UGC Secretary Jaspal S. Sandhu, had invited feedback from all the stake holders on ‘University Grants Commission (Online Education) Regulations, 2017’. The deadline to submit the feedback was August 18, 2017.

Key points of UGC (Online Education) Regulations

As per the regulations, the Higher Education Institutions applying for offering online programmes should have been in existence as a University for at least five years. It should be a NAAC Accredited Institution with a valid minimum score of 3.25 on 4 point scale.

Further as per the draft regulation, the institution would be allowed to offer online programmes in only those disciplines in which it has already been offering the same or similar programmes in regular mode (classroom teaching) from which at least one batch has been graduated.

The programmes may be designed for conventional learners, as well as working professionals and other individuals aspiring to acquire knowledge and associated academic credentials.

The entire program delivery process shall be conducted online via a suitably designed online technology platform.

The institutions are required to prepare a Program Project Report (PPR) before applying to introduce any online program duly approved by its academic council.

As per the Draft Regulations, ‘online programme’ means the recognized course(s) of studies leading to award of a degree or diploma by approved institutions under these regulations imparting online learning instruction by such institutions through learning management system using e-tutorials, web resources, multimedia technology interface, web-based applications and e-learning materials designed towards providing flexible learning opportunities by overcoming separation of teacher and learner.

Institutions will be able to offer online degrees in all fields, except engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture and physiotherapy.

UGC allows autonomy to 62 institutions

NEW DELHI : On March 20 the University Grants Commission (UGC) approved full autonomy for 62 higher educational institutions, including JNU, BHU, AMU, TERI and University of Hyderabad, says a PTI report.

The decision was taken at a UGC meeting where five Central universities, 21 state universities, 26 private universities besides 10 other colleges were granted autonomy under the Autonomous Colleges Regulation.

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the decision at a press conference in New Delhi in the afternoon.

Giving details of the decision Javadekar said that the sixty Higher Educational Institutions which have been granted autonomy includes 52 Universities namely 5 Central universities, 21 state universities, 24 deemed universities, and 2 private universities.

He explained that these universities will remain within the ambit of UGC but 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.

Besides, eight colleges have also been granted autonomy, the HRD Minister said. The eight autonomous collages will be free to set their own syllabus, hold examinations, carry out evaluation as well as declare results. In this case, only the degree will be awarded by the respective university.

The Minister also said that a show cause notice will be given to three deemed universities which are lacking in quality.

The central universities which have been granted autonomy include : Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), University of Hyderabad and the English and Foreign Languages University, Telangana.

The state universities which have been granted the autonomous status are Jadavpur University, Andhra University, Algappa University, National University of Law, Utkal University, Kurukshetra University, Osmania University, Guru Nanak Dev University, University of Jammu, University of Mysore, Anna University, Panjab University and University of Madras, among others.

OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat and Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University, Gujarat are among the private institutions selected by the UGC for the autonomous status.

The 10 colleges which have been granted autonomy will have full freedom but not degree-awarding powers, Javadekar said.

The following is the list of Institutions granted autonomy by UGC :

CENTRAL UNIVERSITIES

S.No.

Name of the University

NAAC Score

Category

1. Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi 3.77

I

2. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 3.72 I
3. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 3.41 II
4. Aligarh Muslim University , Aligarh 3.35 II
5 The English & Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad 3.26 II

STATE UNIVERSITIES

S.No. Name of the University NAAC Score

Category

1.

Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, Kolkata

3.68 I
2.

Algappa University, Karaikudi

3.64 I
3. NALSAR University of Law, Telangana 3.60 I
4. SavitribaiPhule Pune University, Pune 3.60

I

5. Andhra University, Visakhapatnam 3.60

I

6. National Law University Delhi, Dwarka 3.59

I

7. Utkal University, Bhubaneswar 3.53

I

8. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra 3.52

I

9. Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 3.52

I

10 Osmania University, Hyderabad 3.52

I

11. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 3.51

I

12. University of Jammu, Jammu 3.51

I

13. University of Mysore, Mysuru 3.47

II

14. Anna University, Chennai 3.46

II

15. Punjab University, Chandigarh 3.35

II

16. Kakatiya University, Warangal 3.35

II

17. Punjabi University, Patiala 3.34

II

18. Rajiv Gandhi University of Law, Patiala 3.32

II

19. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack 3.32

II

20. University of Madras, Chennai 3.32

II

21. Guru Jambheshwar University of Science
& Technology, Hisar
3.28

II

DEEMED TO BE UNIVERSITIES (Category I)

S.No.
 

Name of Deemed University
 

NAAC Score

 

Category

 

  1.  

Homi Bhabha National Institute Mumbai, Maharashtra.

 

A+ (3.53)11.05.2015 to 10.05.2020

I

  1.  

Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

A+ (3.71)15.11.2015 to 14.11.2020

I

  1.  

Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM)
Visakhapatnam, AP.

A + (3.53)28.03.2017 to 27.03.2022

I

  1.  

Narsee Monjee Institute of Studies Mumbai, Maharashtra.

A + (3.59)12.09.2017 to 11.09.2024

I

  1.  

Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute Chennai, TN.

A + (3.62)24.09.2014 to 23.09.2019

I

  1.  

Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth Pune, Maharashtra

A + (3.62)03.03.2015 to 02.03.2020

I

  1.  

Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

 

A + (3.54)11.05.2015 to 10.05.2020

 

I

  1.  

Symbiosis International Pune, Maharashtra.

 

A + (3.58)19.01.2016 to 18.01.2021

I

  1.  

Institute of Chemical Technology,Mumbai, Maharashtra.

 

A ++ (3.77)27.11.2017 to 26.11.2022

I

  1.  

Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences Wardha, Maharashtra.

A + (3.53)30.10.2017 to 29.10.2024

I

  1.  

Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai, Maharashtra.

A ++ (3.89)19.02.2016 to 18.02.2021

I

DEEMED TO BE UNIVERSITIES (Category II)

S. No.

Name of the Deemed University

NAAC Score

 

Category

  1.  

TERI School of Advanced Studies
New Delhi.

A (3.26)23.03.2013 to 22.03.2018

II

  1.  

Jain University Bangalore,
Karnataka.

A (3.31)19.07.2017 to 18.07.2022

II

  1.  

Vellore Institute of Technology Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

 

A (3.42)03.03.2015 to 02.03.2020

II

  1.  

Manipal Academy of Higher Education

 

A (3.30)11.07.2016 to 10.07.2021

II

  1.  

KLE Academy of Higher Education & Research Belgaum, Karnataka.

A (3.34)19.01.2016 to 18.01.2021

II

  1.  

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

A (3.40)24.09.2014 to 23.09.2019

II

  1.  

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Bhubaneswar.

A (3.48)25.05.2016 to 24.05.2021

II

  1.  

JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research Mysore, Karnataka.

A (3.34)08.07.2013 to 07.07.2018

II

  1.  

ICFAI Foundation for Higher
Education & Research, Hyderabad.

A (3.43)26.05.2015 to 25.05.2020

II

  1.  

Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

A (3.31)02.12.2016 to 01.12.202

II

  1.  

Padmashree Dr D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.

A (3.40)10.12.2014 to 09.12.2019

II

  1.  

The Indian Law Institute New Delhi.

 

A (3.35)28.03.2017 to 27.03.2022

II

  1.  

Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

 

A (3.35)16.11.2015 to 15.11.2020

II

PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES

S.No.

Name of the Private University

 

NAAC Score

Category

1

O.P. Jindal Global University Sonipat, Haryana.

 

A (3.26)17.03.2016 to 16.03.2021

II

2

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

 

A (3.39)16.12.2016 to 15.12.2021

II

LIST OF COLLEGES CONFERRED AUTONOMOUS STATUS

S.No Name of the College &affiliating University
  1.  

Yashvantrao Chavan Institute of Science, Satara, 533, Sadar Bazar, Satara Maharashtra-415 001 affiliated to Shivaji University, Kolhapur

 

  1.  

Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Kalavakkam-603 110 (Tamilnadu) affiliated to Anna University, Chennai

 

  1.  

G. Narayanamma Institute of Technology & Science (For Women), 8-1-297/2/I, Shaikpet, Hyderabad-500 104 Telangana affiliated to JNTU Hyderabad, Telangana

 

  1.  

Vivekanand College, 2130/E, Tarabai Park, Kolhapur-416 003 (Maharastra) affiliated to Shivaji University, Kolhapur

 

  1.  

Sri Vasavi Engineering College, Pedatadepalli, Tadepalligudem-534 101 (West Godavari Dist.,) (Andhra Pradesh) affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada

 

  1.  

Bonam Venkata Chalamayya Engineering College, Odalarevu-553 210,Allavaram Mandal, East Godavari Dist., Andhra Pradesh affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh

 

  1.  

Jai Hind College Basantsing Institute of Science & J.T. Lalvani College of Commerce, 23-24 Backbay Reclamation, A-Road, Churchgate, Mumbai-400 020 affiliated to University of Mumbai, Mumbai-400 032

 

  1.  

Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal’s Mithibai College of Arts, Chauhan Institute of Amrutben Jivanlal College of Commerce and Economics, Vile Parle (West), Mumbai-400 056 affiliated to University of Mumbai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


UGC seeks applications for 'eminence' status
By Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI
: From September 13 the University Grants Commission started entertaining applications from institutions of higher learning seeking "status of eminence".

The UGC will give each institution 90 days to apply for the status, which will give them the freedom to decide their own curriculum, fee structure and admit foreigners up to 30 per cent of the total student strength.

Higher education secretary K.K. Sharma and officiating UGC chairperson V.S. Chauhan said 20 institutions - 10 government and 10 private - would be chosen for the maiden status by March 2018.

With the status of eminence, a government institution can get grants of up to Rs 1,000 crore with the condition that it has to raise at least 25 per cent of the cost for proposed infrastructure development over the next five years.

Officials said the government institutions ranked among the top 50 by the HRD ministry in their respective categories such as engineering, general universities or management, would be eligible to apply for the status.

The institutions will have to present a report on how they plan to achieve excellence over the next 15 years.

There is, however, no eligibility criteria for private institutions. Even sponsoring groups planning to set up new institutes can apply for the status with their prospective plans.

The private institutions will not get any central grants.

Officials said an empowered group of experts would be constituted by the UGC with approval from the appointments committee of the cabinet to scrutinising the proposals and recommend institutions.

The UGC has already notified the UGC (Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2017, for private institutions and UGC (Declaration of Government Educational Institutions as Institutions of Eminence) Guidelines, 2017, for public ones.

Unlike other institutions, the 20 with the status of eminence would be able to decide their free structure, particularly for foreign students.

The IITs currently charge Rs 2 lakh annually for B.Tech courses for domestic students and Rs 6 lakh for foreigners. The new status will allow them to increase their fee with provision of loan and scholarships.

The "institutions of excellence" will also have the freedom to decide their curriculum, unlike those that are guided by a UGC model.

UGC distance learning rules from next year
NEW DELHI : Granting relief to a number of institutions, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has postponed the implementation of regulations for open and distance learning (ODL) programmes to the 2018-19 academic session.

"The process of admission for 2017-18 by the universities/institutions is ongoing. Keeping in view the para 3, sub-para (1) of Part-II of the said regulations, it has been decided that the UGC (Open and Distance learning) Regulations, 2017, will be operationalised from 2018-19," the UGC said in a fresh notification on July 17.

The move comes following realisation that an immediate implementation of the regulations from the date of notification would technically render invalid all the ODL programmes offered by various higher educational institutions in case they do not seek fresh recognition from the UGC.

The UGC had notified the ODL Regulations, 2017 in an official gazette on June 23.

Many of the universities and other higher educational institutions, which had just got the UGC's approval to their open and distance learning (ODL) programmes in May-June, found themselves in a catch-22 situation as the new regulations mandatorily required them to make a fresh application to get approval for their ODL courses.

Stalling of new admissions to the approved ODL programmes in the academic session of 2017-18 was another immediate consequence of its implementation.

"Every higher educational institution offering a programme in the ODL mode in pursuance of an approval granted to it for the purpose by the then Distance Education Council or by the commission or by any other regulatory authority or intending to offer a programme in ODL mode from the academic session immediately after the notification of these regulations shall, for grant of recognition, make an application to the commission," para 3, sub-para (1) of Part-II of the UGC Regulations stipulate.

Open varsities allowed M.Phil, Ph.D programme
By Sanjiv Dube
NEW DELHI : Indira Gandhi National Open University's (IGNOU) mounting pressure on the University Grants Commission has borne fruit. The UGC has allowed open universities to run M.Phil and Ph.D programme in non-technical subjects. 

This was disclosed by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on August 30 after a meeting with the vice-chancellors of all the open universities here.

"The open universities have been allowed to offer research programmes. But they have to follow the minimum norms," he told reporters after the meeting.

The open universities have been specifically told that the relief will hold good only for those universities that meet all the quality requirements for these programmes, such as holding entrance tests and enforcing course work before beginning the thesis.

The relief comes after seven years as the open universities were barred from running M.Phil and Ph.D programme vide Regulation 5 of the UGC Regulation 2009 notified on July 17, 2009.

With the change in stand, mostly because of persistent defiance by the IGNOU and brewing revolt by others, the UGC recently wrote to all the 15 open universities allowing them to offer research (M.Phil and Ph.D) programmes. They are, however, barred from offering technical programmes such as B.Tech, M.Tech and engineering Ph.Ds.

In July this year when the UGC revised its Regulations 2009 it retained the bar clause and hence the open universities continued to be barred from running research courses.

The universities are established either by and Act of Parliament or a state legislature and have the autonomy to frame their own courseware and award degrees. The restrictions imposed on them, they feel are unlawful.

At today's meeting, the vice-chancellors gave vent to their feeling and told the minister about the difficulties they had been facing from the University Grants Commission, which began regulating open universities since 2013.

Earlier, the open universities were monitored by the Distance Education Council, created under the IGNOU Act. But in 2012, the government brought the council under the commission through an executive order.

Subsequently, the council was renamed the Distance Education Bureau which, functioning under the commission, came up with its own regulations in 2014 asking the open universities to seek its approval for every course every year.

Towards this, each of the 15 universities had to furnish an affidavit every year saying it did not offer any online or research courses.

Even after the ban was imposed in 2009, some of the open universities like IGNOU had continued to offer research programmes, citing the acts under which they had been established. But the 2014 regulations of the Distance Education Bureau forced them to scrap their M.Phil and Ph.D programmes.

"We have decided to resume M.Phil and Ph.D programmes from next year," IGNOU vice-chancellor Ravindra Kumar said.

Today's meeting also decided to allow 20 per cent of every course in any distance education programme to be taught online, enabling the students to pursue this part of the course at a different university if they want.

Universities teaching regular courses are already allowed to offer up to 20 per cent of the course content online, with the same concession to inter-varsity student mobility.

Varsities told to adopt online course norms

By Sanjiv Dube
NEW DELHI
: On July 27 last year the UGC directed all universities and deemed universities to amend their act/statutes or ordinances by August-end to facilitate transfer of credits of their students opting for the degree programmes under scheme SWAYAM, a massive online open courses (Moocs) platform.

To give effect to its directive the UGC, on July 19, notified the UGC (Credit Framework for Online Learning Courses through Swayam) Regulation, 2016 in the official gazette (extraordinary).

This was done, according to the notification, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (f) and (g) of sub-section (1) of Section 26 of the UGC Act 1956.

According to the notification SWAYAM (Study Web of Active Learning by Young and Aspiring Minds) was being launched to "widen the access to higher education and to bring down its cost by using technological advances" and added that this was being done through "Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

The notification authorises the UGC to notify a standing committee to resolve any issues that may arise in the implementation of these regulations during the transition period of three years.

The programme, which seeks to fill the gap created by the acute shortage of quality teachers in the country's higher educational institutions, is likely to be dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15.

The Swayam will offer a virtual class room to students with structured lectures by subject experts.

"An institution can only allow up to 20% of the total courses being offered in a particular programme in a semester through the online learning courses provided through SWAYAM platform," the UGC regulations stipulate.

Students, registered with the Swayam, can complete their entire programme by attending classes online and take "proctored" examinations at the end of each semester to move to the next level. For the proctored examinations, centres with adequate facilities will be opened in universities.

The credit earned by the students will be transferred to their parent university by the one conducting the programme at the Moocs platform.

If PhD before 2009, no need to clear NET
NEW DELHI : The Central government gave a major relief to researchers. It decided to exempt pre-2009 Ph.D holders from clearing the mandatory National Eligibility Test (NET) to get teaching jobs. A notification in this regard will be issued soon.

The information was given in the Lok Sabha on May 9 by HRD Minister Smriti Irani, who said the BJP government had decided to undo the “injustice” the Congress-led UPA government had meted out to research scholars by mandating NET even for pre-2009 PhD holders.

Prior to 2009, there was no requirement for PhD holders to clear NET or State Level Eligibility Test to become assistant professors. This regulation was brought by the UGC after reports of educational institutions lowering the bar for teaching.

Subsequently, the UGC issued “Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and Other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges” during the UPA tenure, making it mandatory for PhD holders (pre and post-2009) to clear NET for jobs.

No engg, tech courses in distance mode
NEW DELHI : The University Grants Commission (UGC) has banned universities and institutes from offering diploma and post graduate courses in engineering and technology through distance learning mode until further orders.

In its notification dated March 11, the regulator has warned that it would take action against institutions violating the ban.

The Commission, in the process of finalising regulations for open and distant learning mode, has also said it will not give retrospective approval to distant learning programmes by institutes "at this stage".

The institutions have been barred from offering BE and B.Tech through distant education mode following a ban in 2009-10 by the former distance education council on the orders of the Human Resource Development Ministry.

Referring to the government's previous decision, the Commission, in its notice, directed universities and higher educational institutions not to offer degrees in engineering and technology programmes.

"No university/institution deemed to be university/institution should offer diploma, bachelors and masters level programme in engineering and technology other than MBA and MCA till the finalisation of the UGC (open and distance learning) regulations, 2014 or notification of relevant regulations by an independent regulatory authority established by the central government, whichever is earlier," the commission said in its public notice.

"UGC has also decided not to consider any request for ex-post facto approval for the ODL programmes offered by any university or other higher educational institutions at this stage," it added.

The notification did not mention names of the institutions that offer such courses.

"The UGC has been issuing guidelines and notifications from time to time to regulate courses being offered, but it does not have legal backing to enforce its guidelines, particularly over two thirds of the universities and colleges which are not under the grant list of the higher education regulator," UGC member M M Ansari said when contacted.

He also wondered why the Commission has to issue a notification when it did not have a comprehensive list of institutions violating the ban.

"Issuing such notifications without identifying the institutions has no meaning," he said adding that there were many private universities, deemed to be universities and state universities offering such programmes in distance learning mode but the UGC did not have the authority to stop them.

UGC makes affiliation rules tough for tech colleges

NEW DELHI : The technical education institutions in the country will now have to face relatively tougher rules for university affiliation.

This follows the Supreme Court decision in Association of Management of Private Colleges vs All India Council for Technical Education & others delivered on April 25, 2013.

According to the new affiliation rules -- UGC Regulations 2014 -- finalized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) recently both the old and the new engineering colleges would have to produce complete information about building and staff on the affidavit to be considered for an affiliation.

Called as the UGC [Affiliation of colleges offering technical education by universities] Regulations, 2014 the new rules make it mandatory for the new colleges to deposit Rs 1 crore for 10 years in the university account and Rs 30 lakh as ‘security fund’.

The UGC [Affiliation of colleges offering technical education by universities] Regulations, 2014 would be effective from the 2014-15 academic session.

The universities would have to ensure compulsory accreditation from the NSC and its programmes from NBA to the colleges, according to the UGC Regulations 2014 to be notified soon.

According to the UGC, the university has to be most cautious and vigilant while giving affiliation. A new college can be given affiliation with a condition that it has committed to give related application for NBA evaluation within six months.

Old colleges should also submit application for accreditation from the NASE or the NBA within six months to six years. The Commission said that a university should have to submit a compliance report every year to it regarding all affiliated colleges. The report would be uploaded on the website of the university. The UGC will take action against universities for non-compliance of its rules.

The Vivekananda Technical University has asked all the institutions, which have applied for affiliation for the year 2014-15, to submit their reports regarding building, infrastructure and human resources by April 4 compulsorily.

The affiliation fee has also been fixed for the colleges. The fee for minority institutions will be Rs 2 lakh and for other institutions Rs 3 lakh. For extension of affiliation, the fee will be Rs 75,000 for minority institutions and for other institutions Rs 1 lakh. The late fee will be Rs 2 lakh.

Technical and engineering colleges have to deposit Rs 1 crore fund for affiliation, whereas, for pharmacy, architecture and MCA, the amount would Rs 50 lakh each. Besides, the engineering colleges have to deposit Rs 30 lakh as security fund, whereas, it would be Rs 15 lakh each for others.

The University Executive Council will take decision regarding affiliation. The new rules have caused a flutter among the operators of old and new colleges. Many old colleges neither have sufficient building, nor staff. Now, as all information has to be given in the affidavit, the danger of action is looming large on giving wrong information.

Accreditation must for higher edu institutions

By Sanjiv Dube
NEW DELHI : All higher educational institutions in the country, except technical education one, will now have to get accredited under law.

The law, called the UGC (Mandatory Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions) Regulations 2012, were notified in the official gazette on February 19, and come into force with immediate effect.

The UGC Regulations 2012 say that all higher education institutions who fail to comply with the assessment and accreditation clause will be barred from financial aid granted by the UGC or the Ministry of Human Resource Development but says nothing of the private institutions who do not take or aspire to take any financial aid from the government. Nor do the Regulations say anything about institutions like the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) who blatantly defy the UGC and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

The Regulation require that all higher education institutions (expect technical education colleges governed by the AICTE) apply for accreditation within a period of six months to the accreditation agencies namely the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, the National Board of Accreditation, and the National Accreditation Board currently recognised by the UGC.

The Regulations say that all institutions which have been in existence for six years or from where two batches of students have passed out (whichever is earlier) will need to seek accreditation within this stipulated time. Those that haven’t yet completed these criteria must apply within six months of completing six years of operation or passing out of two batches apply for accreditation.

The Regulations, says the notification, seeks to ensure that students can make informed choices about academic courses, institutions can raise quality and seek international recognition for which benchmarking is necessary. Hitherto, accreditation was voluntary in India and less than 10 per cent of all institutions are accredited.

The regulations will be applicable to all 44 Central universities,; about 300 state universities, over 100 deemed universities and over 33,000 colleges of which 6,000 are UGC funded.

 

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