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UGC issues revised guidelines for “deemed to be universities”

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020’s broader higher education policies are reflected in the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) today’s announcement of revised regulations for institutions that are deemed to be universities.

Multidisciplinary institutions with at least five departments (either UG/ PG/ integrated/ research or a combination of these) or a cluster of institutions with at least five departments that are all located in the same city or town will be eligible to apply for Deemed University status under the revised regulations.

The NAAC “A” grade with at least a 3.01 CGPA for three consecutive cycles, NBA accreditation for two-thirds of eligible programmes for three consecutive cycles, ranking in the top 50 of any given NIRF category for the previous three years continuously, or ranking in the top 100 of the overall NIRF ranking for the previous three years continuously, are additional requirements for eligibility.

The “De Novo” category has been replaced with the “distinct institution” category, which exempts any institutes that qualify as “distinct” from having to adhere to NAAC requirements.

In accordance with the new regulations, UGC, not the Ministry of Education (MoE), will henceforth approve any off-campus center(s).

Deemed universities will now be able to create their own off-shore campus center(s), as long as they comply with UGC rules. It has been made clear, nonetheless, that admissions will be based on performance in the government-conducted entrance exam, and the fees will be set transparently while considering non-profit/non-commercial features.

For any violations, a system of graded penalties has now been implemented. These include a public warning, a prohibition on expansion, and the shutdown of programmes, departments, or off-campus(es) locations. The status of considered university will be revoked in the event of continued violations.

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