Four-member UGC team to assess three city colleges

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) is deputing a four-member expert team to Madurai from January 16 to 18 to assess and inspect three colleges, affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University, which had applied for autonomous status.

A. K. Dogra, Joint Secretary, UGC, will head the team that will have representatives from other universities. The team will examine the physical and academic infrastructure available in the colleges. The three colleges that have applied for autonomous status are: E. M. G. Yadava Women's College, Yadava College and Subbalakshmi Lakshmipathy College of Science.

The institutions have geared up for the UGC inspection and are also preparing a report to display their strengths for claiming autonomy.

A communication from the apex body said the assessment would be holistic to know whether the colleges were suitable for functioning independently.

Infrastructure, laboratories, computer centres, hostels and co-curricular activities would be some of the areas the team would examine, along with the vital aspect of past/present academic performance of the institution.

Also, the ability of the college to tap funds and grants for its activities apart from research publications of faculty would be looked into in detail. The members would have interaction with teaching and non-teaching staff, college management committee members and students.

New curriculam

Meanwhile, the colleges have also given shape to the proposed new curriculum they would introduce in the event of gaining autonomous status.

College authorities said the UGC was particular that any curriculum should be in tune with the times and job-oriented for students.

Also other aspects like Board of Studies for different subjects, human rights education and value-based education would be examined.

Colleges that were recognised as autonomous would be given Rs.20 lakh grant by the University Grants Commission each year.

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