UGC moves to ensure academic rights for students
The University Grants Commission (UGC) is soon going to bring about a Students' Entitlement Regulation, which will allow a student to know his/ her specific academic rights and entitlements. Vanita Srivastava reports. Fillip to students’ rightsdelhi Updated: Jul 05, 2012 02:04 IST
The University Grants Commission (UGC) is soon going to bring about a Students' Entitlement Regulation, which will allow a student to know his/ her specific academic rights and entitlements.
"The student must have complete knowledge about his rights relating to learning, living environment, physical activities, entertainment, sports facilities. If he feels that some specific right is not being met, he can complain," UGC chairperson Prof Ved Prakash told HT.
Once the regulation comes into effect, the student can demand for classes, reference books in library, journals to improve research facilities, adequate kind of accommodation and sports facilities.
"Our long term objective behind bringing about this regulation is to create awareness among students about their entitlement on the campus, which are of academic interest," he said.
Besides bringing about the regulation, he said plans were on to create a portal in which a student can post the inadequacies in his campus. "This would help the authorities know about the actual condition of the campus in academic matters."
The universities will also organise seminars to help educate the students about their academic entitlements.
Among other reforms, Prof Prakash said there was an immediate plan to start the facility of Joint Appointment in universities. "Under this facility, a person appointed by a particular institute can go to any other university as guest faculty," Prof Prakash said.
Besides helping meet the shortage of faculty, this facility will also be a great opportunity to share good resources, he said.
Maintaining that this would not just be confined to academic institutes, he said: "Experts from industry and other disciplines can be a part of this system. I am confident that this will ensure that good resources are made available to the students."