26 May 2016 Current Affairs: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has brought out a new set of regulatory norms for deemed universities.
According to the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be University) Regulations, 2016, which were approved by the Commission in a meeting last week, an institution will be eligible to become a deemed university if it has undergraduate and 5 post-graduate programmes with research in existence for 3 years.
The administrative building should have a built up area of 1000 square metres, academic building and library 2000 square metres, lecture theares and laboratories to 15,000 square metres.
The floor area per student should be 10 square meters, as per the new regulations. A similar set of parameters has also been laid for off-campus centres where the floor area per student is the same.
The institute should have higher NAAC or (National Board of Accreditation) NBA at the time of application and preceding cycle and is in top 20 institutes of the National Institute Ranking Framework at the time of application and preceding two years. The institutes should also have the number of full-time teachers. Several educational institutions have in the past sought changes in the existing deemed university regulations.
University Grants Commission : The University Grants Commission (UGC) of India is a statutory body set up by the Indian Union government in accordance to the UGC Act 1956.under Ministry of Human Resource Development, and is charged with coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of higher education. It provides recognition to universities in India, and disburses funds to such recognised universities and colleges. Prof. Ved Prakash is the incumbent Chairman of UGC, India. Its headquarters is in New Delhi, and six regional centres in Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Bangalore