Autonomous status: Colleges can directly apply to UGC

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New Delhi: Colleges and higher educational institutes, seeking autonomous status, can now directly submit applications to the University Grants Commission (UGC). 

The applications, which have to be submitted on the online portal, will be first examined by the parent universities which have to give feedback within 30 days. And after this, the UGC would examine it.

The provisions in this regard are included in the revised guidelines for granting autonomous status to colleges. The new provisions, which would replace the 2018 Regulations, would be published on Tuesday for seeking public opinion.

No relaxation
There is no relaxation in the criteria for applying for autonomy. The criteria would continue to have provisions such as the institute should have been in existence for 10 years, NAAC-accredited A grade or at least three programmes with a score of 675 from the National Board of Accreditation. 

For 15 years
Currently, the approval would be given after the expert committee carries out an inspection at the college on receiving the application. But this is not required, as per the new provision. The final decision would be taken by the UGC's expert committee after vetting the accreditation details. At present, the autonomous status is granted for 10 years, but the new proposal is to make it 15 years.

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