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Now, prestigious colleges can award degrees on their own

The major reformative step, which would reduce the burden on universities, is likely to be implemented through a statute, sources in the Human Resources Development Ministry said on Monday.



New Delhi: Prestigious institutions in
the country like Presidency, St Xavier`s and St Stephen`s
College could now start awarding degrees of their own as part
of a government move to accord them greater academic freedom.

The major reformative step, which would reduce the
burden on universities, is likely to be implemented through a
statute, sources in the Human Resources Development Ministry
said on Monday.

Currently, the institutions depend on larger
universities to award degrees.

Granting greater academic freedom is one of the
suggestions of the NR Madhava Menon committee, which was set
up to evolve a comprehensive policy for autonomy of Central
educational institutions.

Sources said colleges which have attained eminence
across the country like St Xavier`s and St Stephen`s could be
granted powers through a special statute to award degrees.

The suggestion of the committee comes in the backdrop
of the HRD Ministry bringing a series of legislations to
reform the higher education sector.

Some of the legislations, which have already been
introduced in Parliament, could be taken up this week, sources
said.

They include the Indian Institute of Technology
(Amendment) Bill, the National Institute of Technology
(Amendment) Bill and the Education Tribunals Bill.
Sources said the Ministry has set up an internal
committee to implement the recommendations of the Madhava
Menon committee which is understood to have also suggested
allowing Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to grant
degrees.

The IIMs at present award diplomas for their post
graduate management programmes.

The panel is also believed to have recommended major
reforms in the higher education, favouring a single uniform
act to govern the IIMs, IITs and central universities and
doing away with the role of the Visitor to central
universities.

Sources said the suggestions would be studied in depth
while implementing the suggestions.

The panel is also understood to have suggested that
all universities switch to choice-based credit courses along
with the semester system in the minimum possible time to make
the academic structure flexible and promote student mobility,
both in the country and abroad.

Though the universities should aim for a complete
internal evaluation of students over a period of time with
individual teacher having full autonomy in evaluation, there
could be a mix of internal and external evaluation during the
transition period, it said.

PTI

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