UGC issues revised guidelines for ‘deemed universities’

The University Grants Commission (UGC) today announced an amendment to the regulations for deemed universities to align them with the broader higher education policies contained in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

According to the revised regulations, multidisciplinary institutions with a minimum of five departments (or
UG/PG/integrated/research or a combination thereof) or a group of institutions offering a minimum of five departments located in the same city or town will be eligible to apply for Deemed University status.

Further, the eligibility criteria will be NAAC grade ‘A’ with at least 3.01 CGPA for three consecutive cycles or NBA accreditation for two-thirds of the eligible programs for three consecutive cycles or in the top 50 of any specific NIRF category during the last three. years continuously or in the top 100 of the overall NIRF ranking for the last three years continuously.

Now, the ‘De Novo’ category has been replaced by the ‘distinct institution’ category, in which none of the institutes which are eligible as ‘distinct’) will not have to fulfill the NAAC criteria.

Under the new guidelines, UGC will now approve off-campus centers and not the Ministry of Education (MoE).

Deemed universities will now be eligible to set up their own offshore campus centers, provided they comply with UGC regulations. However, as it has been clarified that the admissions will be based on the merits in the entrance test conducted by the government and the fees will be fixed in a transparent manner keeping in mind the non-profit/non-commercial aspects.

Now, a system of graduated penalties has been introduced for any offence. These include notice through a public notice, prohibition of any extension, closure of programs/departments/off-campus. In case of repeated non-compliance, the considered university status will be withdrawn.

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