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The mental health crisis in Indian higher education institutions, including IITs, highlights the need for urgent attention

A B Tech student died by suicide on the IIT Delhi campus on Friday. (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 05, 2023 09:51 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

UGC team visits Jadavpur varsity, student’s parents petition CM for justice

The UGC - apex body for higher education in India, had earlier sought three reports from JU on the incident and anti-ragging measures in the university.

Jadavpur University in Kolkata (File photo)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 02:59 AM IST

Eradication of ragging on campuses is as important as teaching complex subjects

A large number of students who come from economically weaker sections, differently-abled, shy or from rural backgrounds suffer at the hands of bullies

Ragging has been defined as an act of violence, physical or psychological, between any two – or more – students, regardless of whether they are seniors or juniors or in the same class.(Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 01, 2023 07:00 PM IST

72.7% varsities yet to appoint officer for grievance panels

The commission has set September 30 as the deadline for all higher education institutions to appoint an ombudsperson

Around 72.7% universities are yet to appoint an ombudsperson for redressal of students’ grievances. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 11:43 PM IST

Jadavpur University’s second report on student’s death unsatisfactory: UGC

The UGC has found a second report by Jadavpur University (JU) on the death of a first-year student “unsatisfactory”.

Students protest outside the varsity on August 17. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 12:01 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Life skills find place in UGC’s revised syllabus

The revised guidelines have been prepared by a 10-member expert committee, and will be offered as elective or optional courses across disciplines.

They will replace UGC’s curriculum for Life Skills that was developed in 2019 to support undergraduate learners. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 02:15 AM IST
By, New Delhi

UGC pulls up Jadavpur university over report into first-year student’s death

The death of the 18-year-old student has sparked allegations that he was brutally ragged by seniors in the university hostel

Student outfits stage a protest outside Jadavpur University, in Kolkata on Thursday (ANI)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 02:22 AM IST
BySaptarshi Das, New Delhi

JU’s anti-ragging committee report ‘generic’, lacks details: UGC

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has expressed dissatisfaction over the report sent by Jadavpur University on an alleged ragging incident that led to a student's death. The UGC has reprimanded the university for providing a "generic" report lacking specific details. The UGC has asked Jadavpur University to inform them if the provisions of UGC regulation on curbing ragging are implemented, and to prioritize the eradication of ragging. The UGC's follow-up is meant to send a message to all colleges to prioritize the eradication of ragging. The West Bengal police have arrested a total of 9 people in the case.

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 07:18 PM IST
BySaptarshi Das

DU may launch self-financing progs as UGC upgrades status

Separately, the varsity also amended courses across semesters 4, 5 and 6, according to officials aware of the development

During the zero hour, members raised issues about displacement of serving teachers, delays in salaries, and implementation of the UG Curriculum Framework, among others. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 11:11 PM IST
ByAshna Butani

UGC releases updated draft for development of education institutes

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released an updated draft of guidelines for higher education institutions (HEIs) in India. The guidelines include recommendations for private sector partnerships to raise funds, a ranking system for faculty members, the creation of "emotional infrastructure," and an increase in undergraduate seats to generate higher revenues. The UGC aims to help universities and colleges plan for academic, administrative, and financial self-reliance through these guidelines.

The first draft IDP guidelines were released by the commission in January last year seeking suggestions from stakeholders. UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar said that the revised draft released on Wednesday aims to help universities and colleges plan for academic, administrative, and financial self-reliance. (File photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2023 12:31 AM IST

Manipur: Kuki students request UGC to relocate them to other central universities

According to the letter, which has been signed by 310 students from both universities and addressed to UGC chairperson Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, their universities have become a “centre of hatred, arson, and violence perpetrated by the majority Meitei community against minority tribal groups”

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 07:06 PM IST

CUET-UG results now likely by Monday: UGC chairperson

The release of the results for the CUET-UG entrance test has been postponed by two days due to a large number of challenges received by the NTA

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Updated on Jul 14, 2023 12:41 AM IST

Tackling sexual harassment: PU syndicate to mull adoption of UGC order

Also to take call on dual degree plan under NEP; proposal on live streaming of senate meetings; Intellectual Property Right Policy-2023 of centre for industry institute partnership programme; ithdrawal of the PUCET exam for ME and MTech courses in National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Sector 26

The Panjab University (PU) syndicate will meet on Saturday. (File photo)
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 12:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Supreme Court seeks ‘out-of-box’ solutions for SC/ST students

The SC issued notice on the PIL to Centre, UGC and NAAC, but the UGC and the Union government have not filed responses thus far

The 2012 UGC regulations came as a direction issued by UGC asking all higher educational institutions not to discriminate against any student belonging to SC/ST in matters of admission (ANI)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 11:55 PM IST
ByAbraham Thomas, New Delhi

SC seeks info on courses offered under distance learning over UGC plea

A letter issued by UGC required all state universities to stop all forms of off-campus/study centres/affiliated colleges or centres operating through franchise beyond their territorial limits

Supreme Court of India. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 12:35 PM IST
ByAbraham Thomas

UGC drops rule making PhD mandatory for assistant prof jobs in universities

The commission , in 2018 set the criteria for recruitment for entry-level posts at universities and colleges.

Kumar clarified that a PhD will still be needed for promotion to associate professor level.(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 12:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

UGC to take strict steps to curb counterfeiting: Chairperson

Stringent measures initiated to curb counterfeiting, ranging from plagiarism to forging PhD certification, says UGC chairperson

Stringent measures initiated to curb counterfeiting, ranging from plagiarism to forging PhD certification, said UGC chairperson prof M Jagdish Kumar. (HT)
Updated on Jun 10, 2023 12:23 AM IST

UGC NET 2023: Exam city intimation slip released for Phase I exam

UGC NET June 2023 Phase – I exam city intimation slip released at ugcnet.nta.nic.in.

UGC NET June 2023 Phase – I exam city intimation slip out at ugcnet.nta.nic.in.
Published on Jun 08, 2023 06:34 PM IST

UGC extends autonomous status of Lucknow’s IET for 5 years

IET, a government engineering college affiliated to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU), got autonomous status for the first time in 2013

The IET campus in Lucknow (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 07:41 PM IST
By, Lucknow

UGC launches common faculty recruitment portal for central universities

UGC chairman Jagadesh Kumar said the portal will provide a common platform for listing vacancies in all central universities (CU), and will completely shift the recruitment process online

University Grants Commission chairman M Jagadesh Kumar said the platform also enables universities to track applications in real-time (PTI)
Updated on May 02, 2023 09:45 PM IST

Re-determine annual grant: PU reminds UGC after BOF meeting

Before the BOF meeting held on April 10, PU had already sent four reminders to the UGC; the first letter regarding the same was written to the commission in December last year

In its latest letter to BOF, PU has also sought that the annual grant received from UGC be updated and the release of a one-time additional grant for the payment of arrears. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 04:53 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Venkaiah Naidu backs UGC chairman's 'local language' push; ‘Its high time to…’

The UCG on Wednesday asked universities to allow students to write exams in local languages even if the course is offered in English medium

Former Vice President Venkaiah Naidu(PTI)
Published on Apr 20, 2023 09:02 PM IST

Allow exams in regional languages: UGC

The commission chairperson has written to the vice-chancellors of all universities asking them to promote translation of original writing in local languages and use local language in the teaching-learning process at universities.

UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar highlighted that the academic ecosystem continues to be English medium-centric. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 12:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

UGC proposes ‘earn-while-learn’ scheme for students from disadvantaged groups

The rate of remuneration for each of the students will be a consolidated amount on an hourly basis for the part-time service they render

The draft said that students will be provided remuneration on an hourly basis. (UGC)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 07:51 PM IST

‘Allow students to write exams in local languages even if…’: UGC to universities

UGC Chairman said that higher education institutions plays an essential role in “supporting the teaching-learning process in mother tongue/local languages”.

UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar further urged the Vice Chancellors of all universities to promote the translations of original writings to local languages.(PTI)
Published on Apr 19, 2023 06:11 PM IST

UGC bars NMIMS from offering distance learning, online courses

The University Grants Commission has barred NMIMS from offering distance learning and online programmes for violating norms, cautioning potential students against admission.

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Updated on Apr 19, 2023 12:21 AM IST

UGC set to release rules, portal for foreign varsity campuses in May

In January, the higher education regulator had released draft regulations allowing foreign universities to operate in the country. The draft rules sought to provide autonomy in admissions and fees.

UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar says the final touches are being given to the regulations and they will be released sometime in May (PTI)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 12:56 AM IST

Bengal governor’s request for list of 5 senior-most profs sparks buzz

The high court on March 14 cancelled the appointment of vice chancellors of 29 state universities whose term was extended till May 31, ruling that the state has no power to appoint, re-appoint or extend the tenure of V-Cs

West Bengal governor CV Ananda Bose’s office is compiling a list of five most qualified professors in each state universities (PTI File Photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2023 08:49 PM IST

Appoint SC, ST, women reps in student redressal panels: UGC

The UGC has made it compulsory to include one ombudsman in the student redressal panels

The UGC on Thursday asked all higher education institutions to comply with the new norms that seek to address problems faced by students already enrolled in any institution, as well as those seeking admission to such places
Updated on Apr 15, 2023 12:02 AM IST

PU board of finance to meet on April 10

With the Panjab University Board of Finance meeting set to be held on Monday, the enhancement of honorarium to guest faculty and starting a handicapped allowance are likely to come up

The handicapped allowance, to be effective from January 1, 2023, is set to be <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,000 per month as per a Punjab government notification in December 2022. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 08, 2023 03:52 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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