UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2023 [UPSC Notes]

The University Grants Commission, in June 2023, released revised guidelines for Deemed to be Universities. In this article, you can read more about these new regulations for deemed-to-be-universities by the UGC, their features and their significance, all from an IAS exam perspective.

UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2023

The UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2023 will take the place of the 2019 regulations.

Salient Features of the New UGC Regulations for Deemed to be Universities

  • A group of institutions run by many supporting organizations can also apply to be recognised as universities.
  • With the introduction of the “Distinct Institution” category under the new regulations, existing institutions or future institutions focusing on teaching and research in distinctive disciplines will be excluded from eligibility requirements.
  • With the prior consent of its Executive Council and, where applicable, with the approval of the relevant statutory council, institutions considered to be universities may begin new courses or programmes in any discipline on their current campus and in designated off-campus facilities.
  • The UGC Expert Committee will keep an eye on the academic standards for Deemed to Be Universities that received a NAAC grade of less than “A” or that were ranked higher than 100 in the most recent NIRF ranking (Universities category).  
  • Meritorious students from socially and economically disadvantaged groups of the community may be given places at an institution that is considered to be a university or may get fee waivers, scholarships, or both.
  • The establishments that are considered universities must compel students to create Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) identities, upload their credit scores to digital lockers, and ensure that the credit scores are reflected in the ABC site in addition to adopting Samarth e-Gov.  

UGC Regulations for Deemed to be Universities Significance

In addition to strengthening the research ecosystem and encouraging universities to concentrate on quality and excellence, the new, more straightforward standards will also have a long-term influence on changing the higher education landscape. 

  • The standards will make it easier to establish a lot more universities that prioritize quality and are objectively and transparently recognised as universities.

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Related Links
University Grants Commission (UGC) National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)
School Education Quality Index (SEQI) All India Council For Technical Education (AICTE)
Higher and Technical Education in India Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP)


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