UGC’s new guidelines – developed educations standards or just a speed breaker?

The drafting of new guidelines by the UGC, a few months back, has caused a little academic buzz around the country. This new regulation has been welcomed by many and yet critically not so much appreciated by some.
Before we weighed the positive and negative sides of it, here is all you need to know about it.

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What is UGC?
University Grants Commission (UGC) is a statutory organization formed by the Union Government in the 1950’s. It looks after the development, co-ordination and maintenance of the standard of University education in India. This includes providing recognition to universities, framing regulations regarding standards of education, teaching and examinations, and expends funds.

UGC’s new guideline:
UGC has suspended the approval and regulation of new technical institutes for a year. This includes:
 No setting up of new technical institutes in the country for a whole year
 No approval of increase in the intake of students to the existing technical institutions
 Also, the technical institutes already affiliated to a particular university will no longer come under the AICTE. This regularization of these institutes will be handled by the universities themselves under the supervision of UGC.
This has been done keeping in vision the framing of a new set of regulations to decide the intake of the colleges, about setting up of new and closing some old institutes, about new courses and other issues
What is AICTE?
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is the technical wing under UGC. Hence, it is responsible for the maintenance and co-ordination of technical institutions.
Views:-
The present scenario of India constitutes of a lot of educated youth, less job openings and hence a very crucial phase regarding employment. As it is, there are enough of institutes with enough of seats to be able to groom another few batches of technical students for some years. This break in the intake was much needed for the conditions to settle down. Moreover, the numbers of technical colleges are increasing like never before. They are established more with business in mind than for imparting real knowledge. These kind of checks from time to time are hence, very much required.

Counter views:-
The passing of this guideline brought about some amount of criticisms too. This break on the expansion of technical institutes has not been appreciated by many people. They almost took it as a speed breaker for development.
• According to another guideline by the UGC, a new institute should have completed certain proportions of their construction before filing for approval. Due to this new regulation, a lot of institutes planning to be approved this year will remain half constructed and suffer a setback.
• The AICTE had evolved a lot through all these years. Their e-governance was very effective. Stripping them of their regulatory responsibilities is a decision that cannot be betted upon. No one is sure of how the UGC is going to handle it all alone with the help of individual universities.
• The universities have been vested with regulatory powers individually. This may act as much a positive modification as negative. The homogeneity between the various technical institutes around the country will be affected.

Having analysed both sides of the coin, we realize that the UGC has brought about a deviation which is a little different than the ordinary. If not executed in the befitted manned, this new wave may crash down as well. Hence, for the proper effectiveness of this new guideline, they really have to strengthen their policies and frame a proper road map to do it.

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