Pune: The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) recently issued guidelines for colleges aspiring for autonomy.
Among the highlights of the gazette notification published by the MHRD states that an autonomous college has to announce results, issue mark sheets, migration and other certificates. However, the degree will be awarded by the university with the name of the college on the degree certificate. They need not pay an affiliation fee to the parent university every year.
It further mentioned that an autonomous college can fix fees of courses on its own. They will have complete administrative autonomy and have the privilege of appointing their own administrative staff and teaching faculty, including the principal. However, the staff will be appointed as per the University Grants Commission (UGC) minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges. Autonomous colleges will continue to receive funds as being done before the grant of the autonomous status.
Autonomy granted to the college is at the institutional level and is not partial, and will cover the programmes at all levels such as undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD offered by the college.
Role of State government
The directive given by the MHRD to the State government mentioned that the State government will continue to provide the same funds to government/aided colleges as they had been providing before the conferment of the autonomous status. It has to ensure that all sanctioned faculty positions are filled on a regular and ongoing basis and that a minimum of 85 per cent posts remains filled at all time.
Monitoring of autonomous colleges
An internal quality assurance cell (IQAC) will be established in the college for regular monitoring of the college under intimation to the UGC. The reports should be put in the public domain on the website of the college. Information regarding the courses offered by these colleges, the fees for the courses, the details of the faculty, along with the qualification and the unique ID, the admission procedure, details of relevant infrastructure, research activities of the college, along with details of students enrolled for the PhD programme, should also be provided on the college website.
Matters regarding starting of new courses
An autonomous college is free to start diploma (undergraduate and postgraduate) or certificate courses without the prior approval of the university. However, the approval of the concerned statutory bodies of the college may be obtained, wherever required. Diplomas and certificates will be issued under the seal of the college. The university should be informed about the same.