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September 20, 2018

Vice Chancellors of more than 50 Universities in India attend National Workshop on Graded Autonomy

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Photo: Chairman, University Grants Commission of India (UGC), Prof. D. P. Singh, releasing a publication. [File Photo]

New Delhi, September 20, 2018 — India’s Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar, today addressed the “National Workshop on Graded Autonomy” organized for Vice Chancellors of Universities.

Mr. Javadekar said that “Autonomy is crucial for the Higher Educational Institutions to achieve excellence and the Government is committed to ensuring the autonomy of our Universities.”

The workshop has been jointly organized by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and University Grants Commission (UGC) for providing a platform to Vice-Chancellors from around 63 universities categorized as Category I and Category II Institutions under UGC Regulations on Graded Autonomy. The senior officers of MHRD, UGC, and select State governments were also present on this occasion, besides participants from 55 HEIs.

Mr. Javadekar said that UGC regulations on graded autonomy is a significant reform and the universities should fruitfully utilize this opportunity. Terming the 63 ranked universities as “cream of the cream,” he further said that the Universities need to maintain high academic standards to sustain their autonomy. Citing the example of American Universities, he said that the best universities attract the best talent from around the world and thereby make an essential contribution to the development of the country.

A detailed presentation was made by Prof D P Singh, Chairman, UGC, on graded autonomy, highlighting the various aspects of UGC Regulations on Graded Autonomy which provide an enabling framework to Universities for adopting a decentralized management culture, ensuring freedom to HEIs on deciding academic issues.

Presentations were made by Vice Chancellors of Banaras Hindu University, Guru Nanak Dev University, Alagappa University, BITS Pilani, Symbiosis International, Institute of Chemical Technology, and O. P. Jindal Global University, highlighting their roadmap for achieving the objectives of graded autonomy.

During the open interactive session, the Vice Chancellors expressed their concerns and shared their experiences while implementing the Autonomy Regulations. The Secretary, Higher Education, MHRD, Mr. R. Subramanyam, interacted with the Vice Chancellors and assured them that his Department would appropriately address their concerns.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi.

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