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INDIA
New plan moots greater college autonomy
Stating that there is a major “structural weakness” in India’s higher education system with the growth of universities in the form of affiliated institutions, the University Grants Commission, UGC, has proposed that autonomous colleges – those with potential for excellence and more than 3,000 students – can be converted into universities during the 12th Plan, reports Mihika Basu for Indian Express.

The UGC document, now made public, chalks out possible strategies for the 12th Five Year Plan proposals. It calls for lessening the burden on universities and facilitating greater freedom and autonomy for colleges by making amendments to university acts. It says no university should have more than 50 affiliated colleges, with a total enrolment not exceeding 50,000 students.

To increase the intake into higher education, it has proposed evening universities and colleges. It has recommended that a shift system of courses be offered in colleges, and evening postgraduate degrees and diploma programmes in universities for those employed.
Full report on the Indian Express site
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