TAMIL NADU

Clear-cut admission procedure soon: UGC

COIMBATORE, AUG. 21. The University Grants Commission (UGC) will evolve a concrete admission procedure within six months to end confusion, its vice-chairman, V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, said today.

Talking to reporters after delivering the convocation address at the PSGR Krishnammal College for Women here, Mr. Pillai said the UGC would prepare a report spelling out measures to sort out various issues. As a result of the delay and uncertainty, students were seeking admission to arts and science colleges. The confusion this year was following difference of opinion between managements of self-financing colleges and the State Government. To end the agonising wait for students and parents, the UGC was planning to work in close coordination with the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Permanent Committees headed by retired judges, managements of self-financing colleges and Education Secretaries of State Governments for evolving a policy as directed by the Supreme Court. Though the report would be recommendatory in nature, the UGC would impress upon the State Governments and the Centre to enact legislation.

Giving statutory authority to the policy in such a short span of time would purely depend on the "political will" of the Governments concerned. However, the recommendations would not encroach upon the administrative rights or autonomy of the institutions. After a gap of five years, the UGC had started giving autonomous status to institutions and as on date nearly 200 colleges enjoyed such status and 150 applications were pending, Mr. Pillai said.

Women study centres

The UGC would shortly open women study centres in 50 institutions, preferably in women's colleges, in addition to the 36 existing in universities. These centres would have a tie-up with the National and State Commissions for Women, non-Governmental and voluntary organisations. Each centre would get Rs. 12 lakhs for the remaining two-and-a-half years of the Plan period.