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UGC grants autonomy to Open Universities for Short Term and Certification Courses
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UGC grants autonomy to Open Universities for Short Term and Certification Courses

The latest pronouncement by University Grants Commission (UGC) regarding the grant for autonomy to certificate and short-term diploma courses has invited a predominant discussion.

According to the decree made in December 2016, autonomy is awarded to Central as well as State Open Universities (SOUs) to certificate and start short-term diploma courses. It is believed to be an approaching progress towards decentralization.

The decision is ambiguous as private institutes have protested that the UGC has not given freedom to them.

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and SOUs like the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) will be benefitted from the decision.

As per the announcement, the IGNOU and SOUs will be permitted to provide certificate and diploma programmes for a duration of one year or less in non-technical, non-paramedical and non-medical fields through distance-learning mode. The programmes that involve hands on training are not included as per the regulations. The courses are applicable only for IGNOU and SOUs which has UGC agreement.

The SOUs can start their courses starting from the academic session 2017-18 without the consent of UGC while the other universities will have to request for authorization from its particular constitutional board of studies or academic council to offer these short-term programmes.

YCMOU officials praised the change made by UGC and believe that it will assist in scheming and mounting courses in future.

Few private colleges have given the recent instruction the name of constant preconceived notion against their institutions.

A senior official from a private institute interrogated the management and questioned as to why UGC has an inclination only for SOUs. He said that the Private institutes accommodate a bigger number of students and therefore should be acknowledged with the perspective of recent verdict.

Shrirang Deshpande, Joint Secretary, Saraswati Bhuvan Education Society, claimed that the self-governing institutes should have been provided with the right to offer short-term programmes without preceding agreement. He said that such contemplations could have also been proposed as an encouragement to private institutions to set out for autonomous status.

According to an education expert, it was unreasonable on UGC's part to not include private institutions. Any government authorized organization should always make an effort to offer equal opportunities when it comes to competition. The government should stop prohibiting private institutions.

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