UGC announces draft regulations for deemed universities

The ‘deemed to be’ universities could submit the applications in the website: Shutterstock/CRS Photos

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission has published the draft of the revised regulations for granting deemed university status to higher education institutes. The regulations have been relaxed to give deemed university status to more institutes. As per these, the institute should at least have five multi disciplinary departments. Five institutes in the neighbourhood too could apply as a cluster.

The ‘deemed to be’ universities could submit the applications in the website. ‘No Objection’ certificates issued by the state government and the currently affiliated university should be submitted along with the application. An expert committee of the UGC would inspect the applications and give the report within thirty days. The final decision would be taken based on this.

The public could give opinions about the draft until 18 November. The finalised regulations will be published after that. These are some of the important proposals in the draft.

1) Institutes that had scored at least 3.01 CGPI, consecutively for three times, in the NAAC accreditation can apply.

2) In case of technical institutes, two out of three programs should have the approval of the National Board of Accreditation.

3) Institutes that have found a spot in the first fifty ranks in NIRF ranking, for three consecutive years, too can apply. Else, the institutes should have included in the first 100 ranks of the NIRF general ranking, for three years.

4) The teacher – student ratio must be 1:20. There must at least be one hundred teachers in the institute.

5) The total strength of the students should at least be 2000. Among this, one third must be Post Graduate students and research scholars.

6) If it is a government run institution, then it should at least have Rs 25 crores as consolidated fund. The interest of this should only be used for the developmental activities in the institute.  

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