The University Grants Commission has come up with certain new terms for the deemed universities. According to the new guidelines – UGC Regulations 2016, there will be no bar on the number of off-campus centres all these institutes are willing to setup. The Deemed universities have been given free hand on the issue, but they will have to maintain the quality. UGC regulations 2016 aims to provide administrative, financial and academic autonomy to the self-financing Deemed-to-be-University.
A timeline of around seven months will be given to the UGC and also to the HRD ministry during which they will set up the centres. They believe that this amount of time will be required to complete all the process related to the applications.
Today, HRD Minister Smriti Irani announced all the new guidelines at a press conference. Not only this, it has also been decided that the institutes cannot charge an amount more than Rs. 10,000 at the time of counseling.
HRD Minister Irani said, “Capitation fee will not be allowed.” In the past, it has been noticed that students used to complain a lot in terms of the processing fee. Students were made to wait a lot to get the amount back in case they do not want to join. But, because of the new rules and regulations, students will not be asked to pay the full fees. As the rules have come into place, this time, they will focus more on quality and transparency.
To implement transparency, all the experts will be made to visit the campus for inspection, following which, the video recording of the same will be put on the website in next 24 hours. Also, now those who have established the deemed university are now in the position to hold the position of chancellor and vice chancellor. All the deemed universities are given more freedom and they can open more centres with respect to their field of teaching. Now they do not need to take permission from the regulatory authorities.
Institutions with highest NAAC grade can start new courses in allied fields without UGC permission, the new regulations mentions. Additionally, HRD Minister Smriti Irani clarified that government nominee will be appointed only for Deemed universities which are government controlled or receiving 50 percent or more grants
The deemed universities can also set up their off-campus centres abroad but for that, they will have to take permission from the respective departments – MEA and MHA. All the pending cases of the off-campus centres will be now taken care under the new guidelines. The timeline for the same will be : 2 months for information seeking from UGC, 3 months for submission of the report, 1.5 months for approval and advice and 2 months for the decision of the government.
UGC Regulations 2016 makes it mandatory for institutions to :
- have barrier free access for specially-abled students
- have healthcare facilities for students, staff & faculty within Campus
- have Anti-Ragging, Anti-Discrimination, Gender sensitisation cells
- participate in National Ranking Framework and Know Your College portal