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UGC Grants Autonomy to 60 Higher Educational Institutions: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar

NEW DELHI:  Hailing it as a 'historic' decision, Minister of Human Resources and Development Prakash Javadekar yesterday announced the decision of UGC to grant autonomy to 60 higher educational institutes (52 Universities and 8 colleges). These are the institutes which have maintained good academic standards in terms of NAAC score or corresponding score from a reputed accreditation agency empaneled by UGC or reputed world rankings.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU) are among the 5 Central Universities which have been granted the autonomy that means these institutes 'will have the freedom to start new courses, off campus centers, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programs. They will also have the freedom to hire foreign faculty, enroll foreign students, give incentive based emoluments to the faculty, and enter into academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes.'

By granting autonomy, 'the Government is striving to introduce a liberalized regime in the education sector and emphasis is on linking autonomy with quality,' said Prakash Javadekar.

University of Hyderabad, The English and Foreign Languages University (Telangana) and Aligarh Muslim University have also been granted the status by UGC.

Under the UGC for grant of graded autonomy regulations 2018, Universities are categorized into three categories.

While a score of 3.51 or above is the criteria for placing a University in category 1,

it is 3.26-3.50 for category 2.

Those Universities which do not come under both the categories come under category 3.

Twenty five category 1 Universities have been granted the autonomy by UGC.

OP Jindal Global University, Haryana and Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gujarat with NAAC score 3.26 and 3.39, respectively are the only two private Universities in the list.

With the grant of autonomy, Universities in category 1 like JNU, BHU can engage in academic collaboration with foreign institutions in top 500 of Times Higher Education World University Rankings or QS Rankings or top 200 of discipline specific ranking in Times Higher Education World University Rankings or QS Rankings.

These Universities can also 'may open research parks, incubation centres, university society linkage centres, in self-financing mode, either on its own or in partnership with private partners, without approval of Commission,' reads the regulation.

UGC has also granted the autonomy to 21 State Universities and 24 Deemed to be Universities. Eight colleges have also been granted autonomy. These colleges will be free to set their own syllabus, hold examinations, carry out evaluation as well as declare results. Only the degree will be awarded by the respective university.

List of Universities Given Autonomy By UGC

Central Universities

Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

The English and Foreign Languages University, Telangana

University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

Aligarh Muslim University , Aligarh


State Universities

Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, Kolkata

Algappa University, Karaikudi

NALSAR University of Law, Telangana

SavitribaiPhule Pune University, Pune

Andhra University, Visakhapatnam

National Law University Delhi, Dwarka

Utkal University, Bhubaneswar

Osmania University, Hyderabad

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

University of Jammu, Jammu

University of Mysore, Mysuru

Anna University, Chennai

Punjab University, Chandigarh

Kakatiya University, Warangal

Punjabi University, Patiala

Rajiv Gandhi University of Law, Patiala

National Law University Odisha, Cuttack

University of Madras, Chennai

Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati

Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, Hisar

Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra


Deemed To Be Universities

Homi Bhabha National Institute Mumbai, Maharashtra

Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha,
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), Visakhapatnam, AP

Narsee Monjee Institute of Studies, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth,  Pune, Maharashtra

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra

TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi

Jain University, Bangalore, Karnataka

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar, Odisha

JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research, Mysore, Karnataka

Symbiosis International, Pune, Maharashtra

Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra 

The Indian Law Institute, New Delhi

Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, Tamil Nadu

Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA)Thanjavur, TN

ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education and Research, Hyderabad, Telangana

Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra

Manipal Academy of Higher Education

KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research, Belgaum, Karnataka

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu


Private Universities

O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana

Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

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