The University Grants Commission will enforce more stringent guidelines to accord the status of 'University with Potential for Excellence' (UPE) which would be renewed on the basis of performance only and would not be automatic, according to an official.
"If an institute fails to deliver and live upto the certification given to it at the time of renewal, it will lose the status," Member of the UPE Standing Committee M Anandhakrishnan said in Madurai on Friday night.
At present, a total of nine universities in the country have been given the UPE status, he said.
Faculty strength and infrastructure alone were not sufficient for the UPE recognition. "Lab facilities, age of the institute etc played a main role in according the status," the official said.
The universities with the UPE status would receive Rs 30 crore each as annual aid for the next five years.
He also said the UGC planned to set up a Centre for Policy formulation in Higher education to remove the policy vaccum and give a right focus and direction.
Anandhakrishnan was here to take up the "e-content development" orientation programme at a college.