About 1,500 colleges, which have rich history, strong infrastructure and large body of students, could be upgraded to the level of universities, if the recommendations of a high level panel on higher education reforms are accepted by the government.
The committee on “Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education”, headed by Prof Yashpal, has said that affiliating system should be eliminated and good quality colleges can be upgraded to universities.
“During our discussion with various stakeholders, universities and colleges, we found that universities are suffering because of large of number affiliated colleges. We have suggested that about 1,500 affiliated colleges have the potential to get the status of university,” committee member Prof M Anandakrishnan told PTI.
He said there are about 20,000 affiliated colleges in the country at present. The affiliating system has burdened many universities with the management of academic content and examination. Because of this system, the better institutions are suffering and creativity is a casualty.
The committee has favoured elimination of affiliating system and given several options to reduce burden of affiliated colleges from the universities.