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UGC scraps OBC benefits for Professors

University Grants Commission (UGC) has scrapped the OBC quota benefits for the Professor and Associate Professor posts.

the new rule formed by the commission states that  27 per cent OBC reservation will be applicable only for the level of Assistant Professor.

Reservation for SC and ST category:

The notices have been issued to all the central universities in order to implement the new policies. Presently, there is 15 % reservation for SC  and 7.5 % for ST in teaching posts. Assistant professors belong to OBC category and can only avail the benefit of 27 % reservation in direct recruitment. 

non-teaching staff category Reservation status:

In the non-teaching staff category, the reservation for SC is 15 per cent, ST is 7.5 per cent, and OBC is 27 per cent.

UGC on July 1 discharged a list of 21 fake colleges, eight of them situated in Uttar Pradesh

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University Grants Commission (UGC) released a list of 21 fake colleges across the nation, eight of them in Uttar Pradesh. Majority of the colleges listed have been found to be long runners but none of them have been closed yet which according to UGC, is because “it does not have the power to close any college”. “Our job is to inform children and parents in the admission session,” one official said corresponding to the release.

UGC added that these colleges come under section 22(1) of the UGC Act under which a college ought to be set up by a focal, state act or have regarded status under segment 3 of the Act. Section 23 of the UGC Act forbids utilization of word “university” by any foundation other than those set up under procurements of segment 22.

In the given list, seven colleges are in Delhi namely, Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Commercial University Ltd., United Nations University, Vocational University, ADR-Centric Juridical University, Indian Institution of Science and Engineering.

The states of Bihar, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal were found to have one fake college each. Maithili University (Darbhanga), Raja Arabic University (Nagpur) and Keserwani Vidyapith, Jabalpur are the fake colleges identified in the states of Bihar, Maharashtra and MP respectively.

UGC asks Vice-Chancellors to give suggestion on new education policy

UGC asks VC’s for inputs on new education policy

A new policy by the University Grants Commission (UGC) is underway which demands the Vice-Chancellors of all universities across the states to provide inputs on twenty themes in order to frame the new education policy. In an effort to provide quality education, innovation and research in the field of higher education, the government of India is working out with the intellectuals all over the country for framing a new education policy.

The development is also being planned in order to provide necessary skills and knowledge to students and to find ways to eliminate shortage of manpower in science, technology and academics. Twenty themes of development that have been identified and listed by the govt. are as follows:

  1. Improving the quality of regulation
  2. Pace setting roles of central institutions
  3. Improving State public universities
  4. Integrating skill development in higher education
  5. Promoting open and distance learning and online courses
  6. Opportunities for technology based learning
  7. Addressing regional disparity
  8. Bridging gender and social gaps
  9. Governance reforms for quality
  10. Ranking of institutions and accreditation
  11. Linking higher education to society
  12. Developing the best teachers
  13. Sustaining student support systems
  14. Promote cultural integration through language
  15. Meaningful partnership with the private sector
  16. Financing higher education
  17. Internationalization of higher education
  18. Engagement with industry to link education to employability
  19. Promoting research and innovation
  20. New knowledge

The Vice Chancellors have also been asked to prepare a comprehensive policy document for the government. The UGC has also set a deadline of July 24 for sending in the reports. In order to get more fruitful results, the UGC has advised authorities to consult stakeholders which includes affiliated colleges and departments of the universities for suggestions and advice in making the new education policy, since the youth will be directly impacted.

Notify rules to Open Universities: HRD ministry

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The University Grants Commission had made an amendment four years ago allowing all open universities to conduct MPhil/PhD programmes. The HRD ministry has asked the regulator to notify it. In the absence of any notification, the amendment had not seen any execution.

After Indira Gandhi National Open University amended its ordinance, the ministry’s actions have taken a start. Although IGNOU has sought the Visitor’s approval for its amendment but the HRD ministry will not be able to forward it till UGC notifies the changes in the regulations.

A senior IGNOU official informed the media that the ordinance fulfils all the stipulations made in the UGC regulations. He added that due to the delay no admissions could be made for MPhil/PhD in January and July sessions. Other universities can benefit if UGC notifies its regulations according to the ministry sources. The IGNOU official also pressed upon the need for bostering research in the country.

The UGC in its 478th meeting that took place in July 2011, had amended its UGC (minimum standards for award of MPhil/PhD) Regulations of 2009. According to the amendment it was decided that an Open University may be allowed to conduct M.Phil/Ph.D programmes through distance education which is subject to the condition that it does so strictly as per the provisions of the regulations. It is stipulated that a teacher should not have more than two candidates who will be working under their supervision as a joint guide.

UGC releases list of 21 bogus universities

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After much speculation, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has come up with a list of fake universities. This list consists of 21 universities, set up across the country. According to experts, there are hundreds of fake universities and colleges across India. These universities have been found to be working in violation of the UGC Act, 1956. Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 10 fake varsities while Maharashtra has just one Raja Arabic University, which is based in Nagpur. All these institutions have been declared as bogus and do not have any right to confer or grant degrees.

The universities labelled as fake by UGC are listed below:

  1. Commercial University Ltd., Daryaganj, Delhi
  2. United Nations University, Delhi
  3. Vocational University, Delhi
  4. Indian Institute of Science and Engineering, New Delhi
  5. ADR-Centric Juridical University, New Delhi
  6. Kesarwani Vidyapith, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
  7. Raja Arabic University, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  8. St. John’s University, Kishanattam, Kerala
  9. Badaganvi Sarkar Open World University Education Society, Belagum, Karnataka
  10. Maithili University, Darbanga, Bihar
  11. Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine, Kolkata, West Bengal
  12. D.D.B. Sanskrit University, Trichi, Tamil Nadu
  13. Gurukul Vishwavidyalaya, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
  14. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
  15. Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
  16. National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, Kanpur, Uttar Paradesh
  17. Mahila Gram Vishwavidyalaya, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
  18. Gandi Hindi Vidyapith, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
  19. Indraprastha Shiksha Parishad, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  20. Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
  21. Maharana Pratap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya, Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh

DU adopts Choice based credit system

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There had long been confusion regarding the adoption of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) which was finally removed with a formal announcement by the Delhi University of the decision to implement it starting academic session 2015-2016. Initially, there had been a number of disagreements by Abha Dev Habib, Ajay K Bhagi and court members Rajesh Gogna, Ajay Kumar and JL Gupta including stating undemocratic nature of implementation as the reason. Certain college authorities and staff also predicted its failure like the FYUP. The resolution for its implementation was, however, passed by an executive council.

According to the Government, implementing CBCS will allow seamless mobility across higher education institutions, choose multidisciplinary subjects and even let students transfer the credits earned in one institution. Choice Based Credit System will allow students to study core, elective and enhancement courses which will be marked on the basis of a grading system. This is will allow students to complete course from various institutions by just transferring credits.

This decision has not only saved the university from all the flak it received for its decisiveness, it shall also enable the colleges and students to devise a structure, syllabus and time tables accordingly.

This resolution is now subject to the directive by the University Grants Commission which had earlier pressed upon each college having its own set of guidelines to give a unique characteristic to it.

UGC Announces scholarship for Single Girl Child

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University Grants Commission (UGC) announced ‘Post-Graduate Scholarship for Single Girl Child’. The objective of the proposed scheme is to support the Post Graduate education in non-professional courses only, of such girls, who happen to be the only child in the family and to recognize the value of observance of small family norms, through scholarships for their Post-Graduation education.

Eligibility: Those girls who happen to be the only child in the family, admitted in the first year of a Post-graduate regular non-professional Degree course in any recognized University or a Post-Graduate college and who are up to the age of 30 years at the time of admission in PG courses are eligible to apply for the Scholarship.

Scholarship amount: The amount of scholarship is Rs. 31000.

How to apply:

  • Open the official website http://www.ugc.ac.in
  • Read the instructions carefully before filling the application form.
  • Fill the application and check the details and attach the passport size photograph copy and submit the application form.
  • Attach the study certificates and mark list and first year admission form from college/university along with your application form and send to UGC address.

Important documents: It is required to submit the proof of admission in 1st year PG Course in any recognized university. An affidavit of Rs 50 stamp paper from student or parent duly attested by SDM/First Class Magistrate/Gazetted Officer (not below the rank of Tahsildar) copying the prescribed languages.

Highlight: Any student who discontinues the studies without prior approval of the UGC will have to refund the whole amount through e mode (RTGS/ NEFT) directly in the UGC account.

100 Kaushal centres from coming academic year: UGC

100 Kaushal centres from coming academic year: UGC

The proposed knowledge acquisition and improvement of skilled human abilities and livelihoods (kaushal) centers will be set up from the upcoming academic year, senior University grants Commission (UGC), official said today.

As part of its efforts to meet the growing demand for skilled hands, UGC decided to set up kaushal 100 centers across the country in state institutions and universities, UGC Vice-Chairman, H Devaraj said.According to the scheme selected institutions will be given assistance of RS 5 crore for developing qualified courses for diploma, advanced diploma, bachelor of vocation, the wizard in the calling thread and also PhD, he said, adding that the last date for applying is February 25.

UGC-approved community colleges or institutions conducting Bachelor courses in vocational training courses were also eligible for assistance, while private institutions can begin the course without any UGC assistance.

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