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Colleges may not have to wait 20 years to become ‘deemed to be’, new UGC proposal OCN NEWS

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has proposed waiving the 20-year requirement for applying for the “deemed to be” university label. He proposed a set of regulations providing in particular that multidisciplinary institutions or their groupings with a minimum of five departments can apply for the label of reputable university.

In line with the Draft Amendment Regulations for Universities Deemed to be Universities on Friday, it introduced the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2022 “to regulate, in an orderly manner, the process of declaring institutions of academic excellence as Universities; and, further, to maintain the quality of higher education provided by institutions deemed to be universities consistent with the ideals of the university concept”.

An institution must have valid NAAC degree accreditation with at least a 3.01 CGPA for three consecutive cycles to be eligible to apply for Deemed University status, the draft adds. Here, the institution must have submitted the application for accreditation/re-accreditation seeing the status within the deadlines of the previous cycle.

For technical institutions seeking Deemed University status, two-thirds of their eligible technical programs must be accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) for three consecutive cycles. Institutions ranked in the top 50 by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in a specific category for three consecutive years are also eligible to become Deemed Universities. In addition to this, those who remain in the top 100 of the NIRF overall ranking continuously for three years can also apply for the same status.

Under the proposed regulations, an institution must also have academic and physical infrastructure as prescribed by the UGC or relevant body to be eligible for status. In addition, they must also have the approval of the relevant statutory body for the vocational courses they offer.

Criteria for Deemed University Status also include a 1:20 teacher-student ratio while having a minimum combined faculty enrollment of at least 100 faculty and a minimum combined student enrollment of at least 2000 in classroom mode of class. Of the 2000 students, at least a third of them must be postgraduate/research students.

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