Published On: Thu, May 5th, 2011

UGC proposes to limit college affiliation no. to 100

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has proposed to limit the number of affiliated colleges to a university to 100. The commission says that the move will improve the quality of education.

The commission wants not more than 40 or 50 colleges attached to a particular university, but is willing to make an exception in some cases and allow up to a 100.

UGC has also proposed setting up of mentoring universities exclusively to provide affiliation to undergraduate courses. “These mentoring universities can be allowed to affiliate up to 100 colleges,” says an officer.

The apex regulatory body was concerned after it received complaints that having a large number of affiliated colleges stopped universities from doing more research and development as all their time went in conducting examinations and admissions.

But these suggestions have not been appreciated by many universities. Belgaum University Vice-Chancellor Prof.  B.R. Ananthan feels the proposal is unscientific.

“In our state, universities are created depending on the geographic structure. If the government goes by the UGC’s recommendations the state may need more than 20 new universities,” he says.

It is to be noted that UGC has pitched these changes on the recommendations of a Thematic Group comprising of vice chancellors of various universities in the country.

[Source: Deccan Chronicle]