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Panel reports on colleges to go online

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Rattled by several higher educational institutions with appalling infrastructural and academic facilities being granted university status (including deemed universities), the Union ministry of human resources development (MHRD) has directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to make public inspection reports submitted by expert committees.

According to a communication issued by MHRD joint secretary Sunil Kumar, the UGC will have to place the reports of its expert committees which inspect universities or institutions on its website. The order covers both central/state universities and deemed universities.

The ministry has in its communication admitted that while the central government respects the academic autonomy of the university system, it is at the same time “concerned about certain practices adopted that could damage the creditability of the entire university system.”  Read More >>

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Plan to start four-year B.S. programmes

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Bharathidasan University is expected to pursue shortly with the University Grants Commission (UGC) the proposal it had earlier submitted to start four-year B.S. programmes.

At the start of this academic year, the university was confident of securing the UGC nod by September for its proposal and was even mulling with the idea of offering the B.S. programme in the current year itself on its campuses and through well-equipped affiliated colleges. It desires to be in a position to launch the programme from the next academic year in order to attract and prepare the best brains for research in general science subjects, sources said.

The idea of equating B.S. programme of general universities with B.Tech. programmes of technical universities, mooted by the Vice-Chancellor M. Ponnavaikko, has generated interest among the academic community, drawing the attention of the country’s top science academies, including the Indian Academy of Sciences and Indian National Science Academy.  Read More >>

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Now, correspondence courses are no breeze

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No more degree mills. That’s the diktat of the University Grants Commission (UGC). Setting the tone for improved higher education in the country, it’s now cracking down on sub-standard distance education.

Also, students with degrees through distance mode from universities not approved by the Distance Education Council (DEC) will get another chance to get a UGC or any other relevant statutory authority degree.

As one of its qualitative measures, UGC said if these students qualify in the examination, the university concerned will issue a certificate. “The degree along with the said qualifying certificate will be recognized for the purpose of employment/ promotion under the central government,” it stated.

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Rush job- UGC panel OKs 90 deemed universities

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It’s a tale of two committees reviewing the same set of deemed universities. While the UGC’s review committee has hurriedly given satisfactory certificate to 90 deemed universities, HRD ministry’s review panel is not taking any chances and is not likely to be so liberal.

On Friday, the full meeting of UGC will approve the cases of five more deemed universities whose functioning has been found satisfactory on all counts by its review committee. However, UGC sources said, “It has now been decided not to send our review committee report to the HRD ministry. After the entire exercise is over, we will send the report of all deemed universities.”

On Thursday, HRD review committee began its two-day meeting to finalise the structure of the report that will be given in the next few days.

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‘Education plays greatest part in democracy’

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We have 550 million people below the age of 25. This has increased the demand for education substantially.

Education paradigm has changed experientially because of internet, computers, fibre optics, search engines, etc. A legislation allowing foreign universities to set up campuses in the country has evoked strong criticism from the chair of a high-level national committee established to revamp higher education.

Yash Pal, former chairman of University Grants Commission, who recently chaired the committee said: “We don’t need foreign universities, we need good teachers from abroad who will live here, teach here and develop here.”

What is implied then is that human talent and society influence one another. How then can this influence be positive or progressive? We need to know what constitutes such an influence, and hence, what role the university has in inculcating this progressive influence.

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Medical, agri-education kept outside NCHER ambit

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In a bid to avoid a turf war, the HRD ministry has decided to keep agriculture and medical education outside the scope of the proposed  National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER). On Monday, the Central Advisory Board of Education (Cabe) approved the proposal for NCHER. It also approved the setting up of a collegium of eminent academics and experts under NCHER to suggest candidates for the post of vice-chancellor of universities and other top academic and research posts.

While agriculture is a state subject, the ministry of health had expressed its reservations about subsuming of the Medical Council of India into the overarching regulatory body for higher education to the Cabinet Secretary. The health ministry’s objections got stronger after President Pratibha Patil announced that a National Council for Human Resources in Health would be set up as an overarching regulatory body for the health sector to reform the current regulatory framework and enhance supply of skilled personnel. With the six medical councils out of the purview of the proposed body, NCHER will now incorporate regulatory bodies like AICTE, NCTE, UGC and Distance Education Council into its fold.

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Independent regulation needed in Higher Education

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The growth of Higher Education is India has been phenomenal but perhaps not enough. Thus, it can be said that India’s Higher Education Sector is in dire need for mid-course correction. The issues associated with quality control, accreditation and funding need to be looked afresh.

In India both public and private institutions coexist. For example, of the 13072 higher education institutions in 2000-01, there were only 58% in the public domain and the remaining 42% were privately managed. Currently a rapid growth in private unaided colleges is being witnessed.

In so far as universities are concerned, only central or State Governments can open a university and that too by legislation. The UGC can however grant institutes of excellence, deemed university status. UGC has also developed National Accreditation & Assessment Council (NAAC) and AICTE has also established is own accreditation mechanism by setting up National Board of Accreditation (MBA).

For inclusive growth, open and Distance higher Education is an area of great debate and policy direction requirement. Despite its large pool of technical manpower institutions, India in it’s strive to achieve the desired results, seems to have missed the bus. The regulation mechanism is being worked out to establish and regulate new colleges and Universities at different levels.

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