Tuesday, May 11, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Quotas must in deemed varsities


Quotas must in deemed varsities

May 11th, 2010
DC Correspondent Share

Hyderabad, May 10: In the wake of the Union ministry of HRD placing 44
deemed universities on the "blacklist," the Universities Grants
Commission (UGC) has come out with a new set of guidelines for the

The guidelines were issued on the directions of the Union HRD ministry
and include the implementation of a reservation policy in admissions
and recruitments, admission of students based on a merit-oriented
national-level examination, charging fee according to the UGC
regulations and to disclose the complete fee-structure on the college
website and prospectus.

The fresh guidelines stipulate that the institutions cannot use the
terms "university" or "national/Indian" and can only use
"deemed-to-be-university" in parenthesis. The terms "national" and
"Indian" will now be reserved only for institutes run by the Centre.

The guidelines also make it tough for deemed universities to retain
the deemed status: Only those institutes which have been in existence
for 15 years will be eligible for the deemed status. They will also
undergo periodic reviews by recognised external accrediting agencies
such as the NAAC, offer well-established, broad-based graduate, post
graduate and research programmes in several disciplines, engage in
quality research, have a full-time fully-qualified faculty, generate
intellectual property and secure merit-based research funding from
public and private agencies.

The new norms stipulate a five-year term for Vice-Chancellors as well
as the creation of posts and governing bodies such as a Pro-Vice
Chancellor, a registrar, a board of studies, a board of management
that has a central government nominee, an academic council, a planning
and management board and a finance committee.

Institutions that violate the norms will have to face an inquiry by
the UGC, freezing of the admission procedure, withdrawal of the
"deemed" status by the Centre and confiscation of the institute's
movable and immovable resources.


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