Published On: Thu, Mar 17th, 2011

Madhava Menon panel: Reputed colleges can become independent universities

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A human resource development panel headed by Prof Madhava Menon has suggested to the HRD Ministry that the system of affiliation of colleges and institutes to a particular university should be phased out. In its report submitted to the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, the panel has recommended that colleges with a good track record should be elevated to the status of independent universities.

“It is not conducive. Given the need for increasing the number of universities, it is only appropriate that established colleges with good track record are elevated to the status of universities in a phased manner, giving them time to organize themselves for new challenges,” Madhava Menon said.

The report also suggests that clusters of institutions may jointly be provided the status of a university or at least granted autonomy in academic and administrative matters.

Interestingly, Kapil Sibal also mentioned setting up of an independent body that can conduct examinations for institutions particularly technical ones, to become independent and concentrate on research.

“There is a need for a paradigm shift in structure of knowledge. Good quality institutions should be free from the system of affiliation. Why can’t we have autonomous colleges? This can be done by having a separate body to conduct examinations for all educational institutions,” Sibal said.

Educational institutions should be free from affiliations to universities, which are using them to make money, and have the freedom to think differently, he said.

Presently, colleges and institutions offering degree programmes have to affiliate themselves to a state or central university for the purpose of degrees and examination.

[Source: DNA]