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Volume 3 : Issue 1

Editor Speaks...

Reported move of the Ministry of Human Resource Development to dissolve UGC and take all its power into hands alleging that the latter has failed in its objective has evoked mixed reactions. The University Grants Commission Act, 1956 was enacted by Parliament to make provision for the coordination and determination of standards in Universities including specifying the terms and conditions of service of the employees appointed by the Commission, defining the qualifications that should ordinarily be required of any person to be appointed to the teaching staff and to provide financial grants to institutions of higher education for its academic, infrastructure, co-curricular excellencies. No doubt, over last few decades UGC has been successful in raising the standard of higher education by attracting persons of merit to teaching jobs by offering them alluring salary packages, improving working conditions developing infrastructure for creating congenial atmosphere for teaching learning research and extension activities etc. At the same time it has failed miserably in certain areas. Very often it has compromised with the qualities of teachers under pressure from different quarters. Its faulty policy has resulted in rolling out substandard and sometimes spurious Ph.D. works that has eroded higher education standard. Apart from it, liberal financial grants to colleges without proper mechanism to monitor its utilization have turned temples of higher education into seats of corruption. As a result traditional respect of common people towards these institutions has dwindled. All these have created nuisance in higher education for which HRD Ministry has ventured to take over the functions of UGC, which too has raised fear among the educationists that higher education will be politicized. In our view, without dissolving UGC, it is better to keep its activities under vigilant eyes making it more responsible and accountable.

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