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The University Grants Commission (UGC), the only grant-giving agency in the country for coordinating and promoting university education, would henceforth focus on excellence and quality in education, said its vice-chairman H. Devaraj. Talking to reporters after inaugurating a conference on women and social transformation at Alagappa University here on Friday, he said that in the first 60 years, the UGC had concentrated on providing equality under social justice concept and in the next 15 years, “we will focus on excellence and quality.” Towards achieving the goal, the UGC had launched faculty recharging programme to recruit 1,000 faculty members of excellence in the next two years for various universities in the country. The UGC had already recruited and appointed more than 180 such faculty members, he said.

Refuting reports that the UGC was trying to wind up distance education system, he said that it was only trying to fix jurisdiction limits for universities which rendered distance education to make the programme more effective. On its part, it had already launched MOOCS (Massive Open Online Course), an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access, he said. Soon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would launch UGC‘s “e-padasala,” another online programme. The syllabus had been made ready for the programme, he added. Asked about reports that the Human Resource Development (HRD) proposed to scrap the UGC, Mr. Devaraj said, “like you, I too read such reports in the newspaper, but it is not that easy. UGC is a statutory body, established by an Act of Parliament and it required two-thirds majority in the Parliament to disband the body.” The Hari Gautam committee, constituted to suggest reform measures had presented its report to the HRD Ministry and the reforms would take place based on its recommendations, he said. UGC is only trying to fix jurisdiction limits for universities which rendered distance education to make the programme more effective – Courtesy


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