University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to provide autonomy to colleges that have received highest accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), in successive cycles.
Autonomy will be granted to only those institutes that adhere to UGC regulations. “A college which is accredited with the highest grade in two consecutive cycles from NAAC will be provided autonomous status provided it obtains “No Objection Certificate” from the affiliated university and provided it also adheres to UGC regulation including curbing the menace of ragging on campus, promotion of equality in higher education institutes, grievance cells on campus, etc, in letter and spirit,” states the circular.
Mumbai University vice chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh too, on couple of occasions, has suggested need for colleges with NAAC ‘A’ grade to move towards autonomy as university is looking after 750-odd affiliated institutes, which is stretching the mechanism in place.
UGC’s decision also comes after arguments by senior UGC officials as well as college principals, who have stated that autonomy should be made easily available to institutes with ‘A’ Grade in NAAC.