JAMMU, Mar 20: In a significant development, the University Grants Commission (UGC) today approved full autonomy to Jammu University among 62 higher educational institutions across the country, which have maintained high standards of excellence.
The decision in this regard was taken today at a UGC meeting where five Central Universities, 21 State Universities, 26 private Universities besides 10 other colleges were granted autonomy under the Autonomous Colleges Regulation. JU is the only university from J&K, which has been accorded this autonomous status.
These quality institutions, including JU, JNU, BHU, AMU, TERI and University of Hyderabad, will now 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 programmes etc.
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 UGC 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.
The Central Universities, which have been granted autonomy, include–Jawaharlal
Nehru University (JNU), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), University of Hyderabad and the English and Foreign Languages University, Telangana.
The State universities, which have been granted the autonomous status, are University of Jammu, Jadavpur University, Andhra University, Algappa University, National
University of Law, Utkal University, Kurukshetra University, Osmania University, Guru Nanak Dev University, University of Mysore, Anna University, Panjab University and University of Madras, among others.
O P 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. These colleges will be free to conduct admissions, decide curriculum, conduct exams on their own and evaluate them and declare the results.