In a recent notification, UGC has said that colleges with a good reputation can attain an autonomous status if they apply for it. Read more for further details.
As per latest reports, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has declared that any college with a good reputation can get an autonomous status, provided they apply for it.
In accordance with the new clause implemented in the XII Plan Guidelines for Autonomous Colleges, once a college applies for attainment of autonomous status, the university to which it is affiliated will have three months' time to take a decision over the application.
If the university rejects the application of the college, the same will be communicated to the college via a speaking order. However, if the university doesn't take a decision within three months, it will be presumed that the university has no objection over the proposal submitted by the college.
The below-mentioned parameters will be considered while granting the autonomous status to a college:
- The college, whether aided or unaided, must be recognised by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) or the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
- The college should have been established for a minimum of ten years before applying for the autonomous status.
- A college’s academic reputation, performance in the last university exams, as well as performance in co-curricular activities.
- The academic achievements of the college faculty.
- The achievements of the college's academic staff and students.
The colleges having a high National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) rank will have a higher chance of getting the autonomous status. According to the NBA chairman and NIRF committee member, Surendra Prasad, using NIRF rank would be a good option through which complex decisions like awarding autonomy to a college can be determined.