After many discrepancies, the Panjab University (PU) in Chandigarh will now get the status of autonomy by the University Grants Commission (UGC). PU will be amongst 60 educational institutes across India to receive the stature of an autonomous body on the recommendation of the Human Resource and Development ministry.
These universities and educational institutes have been given the status of autonomy for maintaining high-quality standards of studies, results and of the infrastructure. Also, the score of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has been taken into consideration while upgrading their status.
Autonomy will give freedom to universities
The autonomy awarded to the 60 education institutes will offer them the freedom to take decisions on introducing any new courses, revise curriculum, build research parks or have a skill development centres within the campus. Though the university will be under the supervision of the UGC but not no approvals for the enrollment of students or hiring of faculty will be required. These newly structure autonomous bodies can also have academic collaborations, can enroll foreign students or hire foreign teachers or can give incentives to their faculty members.
Universities falling in the type I category are also free to start any distance learning programmes while the type II category universities will have to take the approval from the UGC.
Who all received autonomy other than PU in Chandigarh
Panjab University (PU) along with Rajiv Gandhi University of Law, Patiala, Guru Jambeshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar and Punjabi University, Patiala will be given the status of an autonomous body under type two category. Whereas, Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) and Kurukshetra University (KU) will receive autonomy under type I category.
Other educational institutes of India who were declared to receive the status of an autonomous body also includes twenty-four deemed universities, five Central universities, two private universities and twenty-one state universities.
This will prove to be a good step taken by the HRD in terms of upgradation in skill development and academics at universities across India. However, the UGC can anytime review the universities and can give their external orders if something isn’t up to the mark.