Various institutions have across the country including Jawaharlal Nehru University - JNU has been granted full autonomy by the ministry. As per HRD ministry, the autonomy of all these institutions will not lead to fee hikes or privatization of education. The government will continue to support these institutions like before. However, the autonomy will provide the institutions with more flexibility and freedom.
As per the reports, the Union government will continue to provide grants and fund the salaries of the faculty in these institutions. Javadekar also said that full autonomy provides institutions with a freedom to undertake academic initiatives on their own, introduce new courses etc. It also provides them with the freedom to conduct more research and seek foreign collaborations.
University Grants Commission- UGC has granted full autonomy to 60 institutions across the country, out of which there are 5 central universities and 21 state universities. However, UGC faced a lot of opposition as some education institutions thought that this by providing autonomy they are going to privatize the institutions. There was even a protest from the faculty of Delhi University as they considered this as changed funding policies of the government.
According to the HRD Minister, the autonomy will help in the achieving global recognition for these institutes and lay doubts at rest by confirming that there is not going to be any changes in the fee structure.