UGC begins review of adult education programmes

CHENNAI, DEC. 6. The University Grants Commission (UGC) today began a two-day review of adult and continuing education departments and centres round the nation at the University of Madras.

The review will play a key part in the allocation of grants under the Tenth Plan for adult and continuing education programmes in the country.

Representatives from 50 universities will report on their work under the Ninth Plan and put forward proposals for the Tenth plan.

These will be examined by a UGC expert review committee, comprising D.P. Singh (convener), Renuka Narang, University of Mumbai; K. Parthasarathy, Bharathidasan University; B. Vijayakumar, Kerala University and S.Y. Shah from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

At a brief inaugural ceremony, R.K. Chauhan, UGC Additional Secretary, said adult and continuing education, which included teaching, research and service, needed to be given more importance. N.V.R. Kapali, Reader and Head of the Department, University of Madras said equal importance was being accorded to outreach programmes as well as the UGC's three functions — teaching, research and extension programmes.

"The UGC will set up e-learning centres at Rs. 6 lakhs and student placement centres at Rs. 2.25 lakhs in select departments," he said.

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