Centre gives autonomy to 60 institutes, including JNU, BHU, AMU

NEW DELHI March 21, 2018: Media reports said on Tuesday that the Union government gave autonomy to 60 institutes of higher education such as Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), which have maintained a high standard of academic excellence.

Institutions that get full autonomy will not need the permission of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to start a course, fix course fees, set up a new department or open offline campuses. They will also be free to have collaboration with foreign counterparts, hire foreign faculty, and admit students from abroad, said the reports.

They can also offer higher salaries — more than what the pay commission recommends — to attract academics from abroad.

The UGC will not conduct regular inspections at these institutions.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “The government is committed to giving autonomy to higher education institutes in the country.”

“We are also setting up 20 institutes of excellence to improve our global rankings,” the minister added, according to media reports.

The government gave full autonomy to five central universities, 12 state universities and 11 deemed universities.

The state universities included Jadavpur University, Kolkata; National Law University, Delhi; University of Jammu; and Savitribai Phule Pune University.

The Union government also gave autonomy to eight colleges: Yashwantrao Chavan Institute of Science, Satara; Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Kalavakkam; G Narayanamma Institute of Technology Science, Hyderabad; Vivekanand College, Kolhapur; Sri Vasavi Engineering College West Godavari; Bonam Venkata Chalamayya Engineering College, East Godavari; Jai Hind College Basantsing Institute of Science, J T Lalvani College of Commerce, and Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal’s Mithibai College of Arts in Mumbai.

Though these colleges will be free to conduct their courses, exam and evaluate students, they can’t award degrees. This will be done by universities, the media reports said.