February 3, 2017
Autonomy to Educational Institutes in India
Photo: Elphinstone College, Mumbai. Established in 1856, Elphinstone College is one of the oldest colleges of the University of Mumbai. It is reputed for producing luminaries like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Badruddin Tyabji, Pherozshah Mehta, Jamshedji Tata, and illustrious professors like Dadabhai Naoroji. Image Credit: Franx.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India has implemented a scheme of “Autonomous Colleges” with a view to bring in quality reforms in higher education. The Scheme of Autonomous Colleges offers academic and operative freedom to the Colleges. The autonomy so awarded under the scheme enables a College to determine and prescribe its own courses of study and syllabi and restructure and redesign the courses to suit local needs and to devise innovative methods of teaching, examination and evaluation.
The scheme of Autonomous Colleges is open for all Colleges. Any number of Colleges currently under a University can apply for award of “Autonomous Status” to UGC under this scheme.
This information was given by India’s Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, today.
• Meanwhile, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has made an appeal to universities in the country to aspire to be among the top 100 globally. There is no Indian university among the world’s top 100 universities, Modi said, adding, we feel “ashamed”.
“I invite 10 public and 10 private universities to come forward and take a pledge to make a place for themselves in the top 100 universities of the world. “Those who will come forward will get special economic assistance. They will be given relaxation from seeking various approvals. There will be an open field for them,” he promised.