HRD ministry to scrap UGC, replace it with new Higher Education Commission to improve academic standards

The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has prepared a draft Act to replace the University Grants Commission with a new regulator for higher education in the country in an effort to improve academic standards and crack down on bogus institutions, as per the draft released by the ministry on Wednesday. The new Higher Education Commission of India will focus solely on academic matters. Monetary grants would be the purview of the ministry, according to the draft of the law that has been seen by Hindustan Times. The Act will be…

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Students of DU vocational courses can opt out after completing first, second year with degrees

Colleges under Delhi University are offering six skill-based undergraduate courses, which give students the flexibility to opt out after completing the first or the second year with diploma and advance diploma degrees respectively. Students will also be allowed to rejoin the courses and complete their degree. The Bachelor of Vocational Degree (B Voc) programme is currently being offered at three DU colleges. These courses have been developed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as per the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) formulated by the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship,…

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UGC revises qualifying criteria for NET exam

Changes have been introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the qualifying criteria of the UGC NET (National Eligibility Test). The test, which determines the eligibility of candidates for assistant professor or junior research fellowship in Indian universities and colleges, will take place in October this year. Earlier CBSE had said the exam will take place in November. According to a statement issued by UGC earlier qualifying criteria for UGC-NET Exam involved qualifying top 15% of those candidates in each subject and category, who obtained the minimum required marks…

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UGC urges universities, colleges to apply for innovation funding scheme AIC

New Delhi The University Grants Commission (UGC) has urged all public universities and the colleges under them to apply for aid from the Atal Incubation Centre (AIC), an innovation funding scheme formulated by the Niti Aayog last year. In a letter issued on Wednesday, the central funding agency for the universities asked the latter to “encourage the academic fraternity of your esteemed University and your affiliated colleges” by applying to the scheme, which provides for a grant-in-aid of up to Rs 10 crore for a maximum period of five years. “The…

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UGC tells universities to celebrate Matribhasha Diwas

Universities across India will celebrate “Matribhasha Diwas” to promote the use of mother tongue on March 3 this year as February 21, the day declared by UNESCO as Mother languages day, happens to be a Sunday.  In a letter written to vice-chancellors, University Grants Commission (UGC) has said that since February 21, which is celebrated as the Mother Languages Day falls on a Sunday, it has been decided to celebrate “Matribhasha Diwas” on March 3.  You are, therefore, requested to kindly ensure celebration of Matribhasha Diwas on March 3, 2016,…

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UGC lets deemed private universities have 6 off-centre campuses

Barely three months after the University Grants Commission (UGC) issued notice to 10 deemed universities, including prestigious ones like the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, for having off-centre campuses without clearance, it has amended its regulation allowing private deemed universities to have six off-campuses. In case of government-established and managed deemed universities, the UGC’s ceiling of six off-campuses will not apply.  However, HRD ministry sources said allowing six offcampuses does not change the nature of the UGC notice to the 10 deemed universities. “Having off-campuses does not mean UGC and…

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UGC to rank all universities, irks watchdogs

In a controversial overreach, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has said it will rank all institutions across the country. Private colleges and universities will come under the ratings ambit. Predictably, the move has annoyed other regulatory bodies like AICTE (for engineering), MCI (medical), NATA (architecture) and the UGC’s own statutory authority. This is the first time the UGC has set out to rank educational institutions. Having come up with a National Institution Ranking Framework (NIRF) for universities and colleges, the UGC has directed all institutions to participate in the ranking…

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