Top Higher Education Institutes to be Exempted from UGC Review: Govt

Published: | May 19, 2017
Top Higher Education Institutes to be Exempted from UGC Review: Govt
  • The Government has decided to exempt top institutes from the review mechanism of UGC.
  • The level of autonomy offered to an institute will be based on the performance of institutes.
  • AAA Score and NIRF Ranks to be the deciding factor.

In an attempt to offer more autonomy to the top education institutes in the country, the Government has decided to exempt only the best institutes in India from the review mechanism of UGC. The level of autonomy offered to an institute will be based on the performance of the institute and quality of education offered.

The institutes that will be offered ‘Graded Autonomy’ will be selected on the basis of their NAAC Grading, Academic and Administrative Audit (AAA) accreditation score as well as National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings of the particular year. This will be applicable to all universities and colleges (deemed or otherwise) in the country.

Check the probable level of autonomy that will be offered to colleges in different Tiers:

Institute Type Eligibility Expected level of Autonomy
Tier 1
  • The institute must have scored either A+ or A++ in the accreditation done by AAA.
  • The institute must be present in the list of top 75 institutes compiled by NIRF rankings for the particular year.
  • Institutes will be exempted from the review mechanism of UGC.
  • Institutes will also be allowed to offer new programmes, departments and undertake curricular reforms.
  • They will also be free to form partnerships with institutions abroad.
  • Institutes will also be able to introduce academic inventions in line with the global practices.
  • These institutes will also be able to start new campuses according to their own Act.
  • Fees of any programme can be fixed by these colleges on their own.
Tier 2
  • At this level, institutes should either score A+ or A++ in AAA accreditation OR
  • Should have secured a rank within top 75 colleges ranked by NIRF rankings for that year.
  • Such institutes will have to undergo the review mechanism of UGC in order to introduce new courses, establish new departments, campuses and make changes in fee as well as curriculum.
Tier 3
  • Institutions that have either score A in AAA accreditation OR
  • Got a rank within top 150 by NIRF will be placed in this category.
  • Being at an average level of performance, these colleges will be reviewed by UGC at a gap of every 5 to 7 years.
  • However, these institutions will not require UGC’s approval to start new courses or make curricular reforms.
Tier 4
  • Institutes that have neither scored AAA nor have been given a rank within top 150 NIRF colleges will be placed in this category.
  • Such institutions will be reviewed by UGC’s Committee of Experts as per the regulations.
  • The causes that are hampering the growth of the institute will be identified.
  • A peer team will be formed to monitor such institutes and suggest steps for improvement.

Also Read: UGC to Deemed Universities: Follow Govt. Guidelines regarding Fees of PG Medical Courses

Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, while presenting the Union Budget 2017-18, informed that the UGC will be reconstructed. He also added that top higher education institutes will be offered autonomy and a regulation regarding the same will soon be brought into effect after being notified in the Gazette of India.

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