Now, pvt varsities can seek UPE status
Students opting for private universities will now know which one is better. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to allow private...
University Grants Commission has decided to allow private universities to seek ‘University with Potential for Excellence’ under the 12th plan
Students opting for private universities will now know which one is better. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to allow private universities in all states to seek a tag of 'University with Potential for Excellence' (UPE) under the 12th Plan. Even private colleges can now get recognition from the UGC for doing good work.
Though the tag will not attract any special funding from the government, the title 'University with Potential for Excellence' (UPE) will be a boost to a private university's image and its popularity among admission-seekers.
"The Commission also decided that state's private universities and other universities covered under section 12B of the UGC Act may also be considered for grant of status of UPE provided they fulfill the various conditions under the scheme," mentioned the minutes of the meeting held earlier this month.
However, the private universities will not be able to seek the special grant under this scheme as provided to government universities. There are 165 private universities in the country which have been approved by UGC. However, the competition for these universities is going to be fierce as the UGC targets to give the tag to only five universities during every Plan period.
The Commission also decided in its last meeting that any university which already has had a UPE tag for five years will be graduate to the next level where it would be called as a University of Excellence.
UGC will grant up to Rs 20 crore over three phases to universities that have been labeled as UPE and eventually as 'University of Excellence'. "For private universities, however, the tag will only mean that their good performance in academics and research is being acknowledged," said an official. The scheme was introduced during the Plan. Since then, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Hyderabad University, Jadavpur University, Pune University and Madras University have received the coveted tag. Similarly, individual colleges which were selected as 'College with Potential for Excellence' (CPE) will be modified as College of Excellence.