University Grants Commission (UGC), has granted ”Heritage” status to 19 colleges across the entire country and it has approved financial aid for upgradation and improvement works in the colleges. The objective behind this move is to conserve colleges that are 100 years old. For the heritage tag under the Heritage College Scheme, UGC had invited proposals from various colleges all over the nation, but there are no colleges from Delhi.
According to an official from UGC, the selection committee approved granting of heritage status to 19 colleges out of total 60 colleges. Varied financial aid has been approved to these selected colleges and it can be used for the campus conservation and also towards specialized courses related to heritage.
St Xaviers College – Mumbai, CMS College – Kottayam, St Josephs College – Trichy, Khalsa College – Amritsar, St Bede’s College – Shimla, Christ Church College – Kanpur, Old Agra College – Agra, Meerut College – Meerut, Langat Singh College – Muzaffarpur, Bihar are some of the colleges granted with heritage tag.
Other colleges that are granted heritage status includes Government Brennan College – Kerala, University College – Mangalore, Cotton College – Guwahati, Midnapore College – West Bengal, Government Medical Science – Jabalpur, Fergusson College – Pune, Hislop College – Nagpur, Government Gandhi Memorial Science College – Jammu, Kanya Mahavidyalaya – Jalandhar and St Xavier’s College – Kolkata.
Maximum amount of 4.35 crores is given for the conservation of the heritage building of Cotton College of Guwahati. UGC has also given financial aid to Langat Singh College which is famous for the staying place of Mahatma Gandhi during the Champaran Satyagraha.
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To renovate its campus, Meerut College that was established in the year 1892, has been granted aid of 1.34 crores. For proper refurbishing of Art Gallery, Geological Museum, and for launching projects for identification of heritage areas in nearby places, the financial assistance would be used.
Financial aid of 1.53 crores has been granted to St Xavier’s College, Mumbai to carry out conservation and also to run certificate and diploma courses in”Maintaining Heritage in India” .
Agra College, Agra established in 1823 has got aid of 25 lakh and officials said that 160 fresh proposals sent by many colleges all over the country would also be examined.
TNB College – Bhagalpur, St Johns College – Bareilly, Shiv Sanatan Dharm Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya – Sultanpur(UP), Darwin Christian College – Allahabad, DAV College – Dehradun, Vasanta College for Women – Varanasi are some of the colleges that did not get heritage tag.
In the year 2013 itself the idea of granting heritage status tag was suggested, in order to allow the universities to get grant of Rs 8 crores to 10 crores per annum.