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March 22, 2024

UGC India asks Universities to prioritize the well-being of New Mothers within their Community and comply with National Minimum Standards for Creches.


UGC Creches

New Delhi, India, March 20, 2024— The University Grants Commission (UGC) has informed the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities that the “Maternity Benefit Act, 2017” requires that all establishments with fifty or more employees provide a creche facility within a prescribed distance. The creche facility can be provided separately or along with shared facilities. Further, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) has developed the National Guidelines for Setting Up and Running Creches under the “Maternity Benefit Act 2017.”

The UGC has asked all Higher Educational Institutions to adhere to the National Minimum Standards and Protocol for Creches (Operation and Management) outlined by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD). The UGC has also urged the Universities to inform their affiliated colleges of this requirement and ensure compliance.

• Universities and colleges must prioritize the well-being of their staff and students, focusing on new mothers within their community. Academic institutions are responsible for providing adequate support and resources for new mothers to help them balance their educational and family commitments.

Source: UGC


• To support the academic aspirations of women, working parents, scholars, and students, the University Grants Commission (UGC) introduced a scheme a few years ago to provide daycare facilities for infants at universities on a payment basis. This initiative was a valuable resource for University employees and students away during the day. It gave them peace of mind that their infants were cared for in a safe and reliable environment. The scheme was also available to male employees, scholars, and students whose wives were working elsewhere. The UGC has discontinued this scheme.


Photo: The format for submitting a proposal for a daycare center (for information only). Eligible universities could submit an application outlining their need for the facility. Once accepted, the UGC released the permissible amount. This scheme is no longer available. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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