University Grants Commission (UGC) in a bid to control any technical institute with cheap quality of teaching, research and infrastructure, will impose penalty on the respective universities.
According to a news report, UGC was recently granted powers to regulate technical institutions after the apex court stripped the All Indian Council for Technical Education of its regulatory powers. It was reported that the UGC would withhold funding for universities and even remove them from the 12(B) status which lead them to receive grants if they grant affiliation to ill-equipped technical institutions.
The new Affiliation of Colleges offering Technical Education by Universities Regulations, for the determination and maintenance of standards of teaching, examination and research in universities, drafted by the UGC assigned universities not to offer any relaxations in norms while affiliating technical institutions. Every affiliating university is required to submit a compliance report concerning the provisions of these regulations, in respect of all affiliated technical colleges to the UGC annually and also upload it on the university’s website.
UGC has also mentioned that “New technical colleges shall be granted affiliation subject to the condition that they provide an undertaking to apply for assessment to the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) within six months from the date of issue of Letter of Intent. All technical colleges which are more than six-years old shall apply for accreditation to NAAC or NBA within six months of issue of these regulations.”