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March 28, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC) India prepares Draft Guidelines for transforming Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) into Multidisciplinary Institutions; Invites Feedback from Stakeholders.


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New Delhi — University Grants Commission (UGC) India has prepared “Draft Guidelines for transforming Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) into Multidisciplinary Institutions” and has invited feedback from the Stakeholders.

According to UGC, this program is the follow-up of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which aims to control the fragmentation of Higher Education by transforming Higher Education Institutions into Multi-disciplinary Universities, Colleges, Clusters, and Knowledge Hubs.

The UGC Draft Guidelines have classified Multi-disciplinary Institutions into three Types:

Under the current structure, teaching takes place through colleges affiliated with universities. Universities design the syllabi, conduct examinations, and award degrees. Whereas NEP 2020 recommends the transformation of all HEIs into large multi-disciplinary degree-awarding autonomous institutions.

Therefore, the UGC Draft Guidelines have outlined the procedure and rules for consolidating existing HEIs into multi-disciplinary degree-granting independent colleges through cooperation and collaboration. Under this arrangement, students enrolled in an HEI can take up the first degree at the host institution and the second degree at the partnering institution leading to a dual degree.

Further, single-stream institutions would be able to integrate their programs with nearby multi-disciplinary institutions to enhance their curricula. In addition, the existing multi-disciplinary HEIs would be free to seek collaboration to expand further and add more programs.

The UGC Draft Guidelines elaborate on how such a new and unexplored educational architecture will help strengthen the structure of multi-disciplinary education and achieve the vision of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

UGC has invited the stakeholders to provide feedback on its Draft Guidelines for transforming Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) into Multidisciplinary Institutions.

Source: UGC India


— The Editor is a GPE/UNESCO/IIEP trained “Independent Appraiser” of Education Sector Plans. He has presented his relevant suggestions to the UGC.

GPE: Global Partnership for Education.
UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
IIEP: International Institute for Educational Planning, Paris.

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