Pune: Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) was on Tuesday granted full autonomy by the University Grants Commission (UGC). SPPU was among the 62 higher educational institutions, including JNU, BHU, AMU, TERI and University of Hyderabad, which have maintained high standards of excellence.
When contacted, AD Shaligram, Registrar of SPPU said, “The decision is a welcome move. But we haven’t got any official communication about it from the University Grants Commission, so we don’t no which type of autonomy we have got.”
“There are three to four types of autonomy. This includes administrative autonomy wherein we can create posts and do the appointments. Then there is academic autonomy, which means we can design our syllabus or course work. Thirdly there is financial autonomy and fourth one is the autonomy to do collaboration work with foreign universities. At present, for foreign collaborations we need to get permission from the government,” he said.
The decision to grant the autonomy was taken at a UGC meeting where five central universities, 21 state universities, 26 private universities and 10 other colleges were granted autonomy under the Autonomous Colleges Regulation.
Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar hailed as “historic” the UGC move which will enable the selected institutes to decide their admission procedure, fee structure and curriculum among others.
“Today is a historic day for higher education in India. These quality institutions will get complete autonomy by which they can start new courses, new departments, new programmes, off campuses, skill courses, research parks, appoint foreign faculty, take foreign students, offer variable incentive packages, introduce online distance learning,” Javadekar told
He said these institutes can also get into academic collaboration with top five hundred universities of the world. “And for all of this they will not have to come to the regulator again and again for seeking permission because they have maintained quality and achieved a benchmark of 3.26 and above NAAC (National Accreditation and Assessment Council) ranking,” he added.
The central universities which have been granted autonomy include Jawaharlal Nehru University, Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, University of Hyderabad and the English and Foreign Languages University, Telangana.
The state universities which have been granted the autonomous status are Jadavpur University, Andhra University, Algappa University, National University of Law, Utkal University, Kurukshetra University, Osmania University, Guru Nanak Dev University, University of Jammu, University of Mysore, Anna University, Panjab University and University of Madras, among others.
OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat and Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University, Gujarat are among the private institutions selected by the UGC for the autonomous status. The 10 colleges which have been granted autonomy will have full freedom but not degree awarding powers, Javadekar said. “The colleges will be free to conduct admissions, decide curriculum, conduct exams on their own and evaluate them and declare the results,” Javadekar further added. (With inputs from PTI)