The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and the University Grants Commission (UGC) held a day-long meeting with select Autonomous Colleges and State Government representatives on 7th October, 2013 at India International Centre, New Delhi to discuss certain problems.
Problems & solutions that were discussed in the meeting
- The Secretary, Higher Education has conveyed that the autonomous colleges desirous of converting themselves into universities can be provided with funding upto Rs.55 crores each.
- To upgrade the autonomous colleges with ‘A’ NAAC accreditation (46 out of 441 colleges are ‘A’ grade) the status of a Deemed University, State University or just give them degree granting powers by amending the UGC Act.
- The central government will explore ways to confer degree granting powers on autonomous colleges by way of amending the UGC Act.
- It was decided that 45 autonomous colleges would be converted into Universities by end of XII Plan.
Conlusion: With in two months of time frame, the autonomous colleges will soon have the power to confer degrees. The problem with autonomy is that, in India only Universities have the power to grant degrees (such as MBA, BBM or B.Tech etc). Even the most coveted business schools like the IIMs doesn’t have the power to grant MBA degree for the management courses they offer. IIMs give out postgraduate diplomas which will put the students at a disadvantage if they wish to pursue PhD programme. Although FPM is an alternative for all postgraduate diploma holders in some countries PGDM or PGPM courses are not seen equivalent to MBA. Amendment of the UGC act to grant the power for autonomous colleges to confer degrees seems to be the solution.
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