University Grant Commission, UGC in a historic decision has accorded autonomy to 60 higher education institutions, which have maintained high academic standards.
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar made this announcement in New Delhi yesterday. He said, of 60 institutions, five are Central Universities, 21 State Universities, 24 deemed, two Private Universities and eight colleges, which have been granted autonomy under the Autonomous Colleges Regulation.
Mr Javadekar explained that these universities will remain within the ambit of the 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, enrol foreign students, give incentive based emoluments to the faculty, enter into academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes.
The Minister said autonomy was given to these institutions, in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards liberalised regulatory regime.
These Central Universities are Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Delhi, Universty of Hyderabad, Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University and the English and Foreign Languages University in Telangana.
These State Universities include Jadavpur University, Kolkata, NALSAR University of Law, Telangana, National Law University, Delhi and Utkal University Bhubaneswar.