New Delhi: The government has amended the
34-year-old University Grants Commission (UGC) Rules to enable
more private institutes get grants.
The UGC (Fitness of Institutions for Grants) Rules 1975
have been amended by the HRD Ministry, a senior official said.
The University Grants Commission (Fitness of Institutions
for Grants) (Amendment) Rules, 2009 will enable the UGC to
relax one or more of its conditions for giving grants to
private and unaided institutions in the country.
As per the earlier rules, those private institutes, which
met certain criteria with regard to faculty and
infrastructure, got grants from the UGC.
The criteria laid down that a private institute should
have at least five departments each having one professor, two
readers and three to four lecturers. They should have
administrative and academic buildings.
"Now, even if certain institutes do not have such
facilities and faculty can be considered for grants. The
amended rules allows the UGC to relax norms," the official
The rules have been amended at a time when the UGC is set
to start a new scheme for one-time grant for the private and
unaided institutes. The scheme was discussed at the conference
of state education secretaries at the UGC on September 19.