As many as 18 UGC-funded central universities have introduced Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to bring about qualitative improvement in higher education.
The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that it has taken a decision to frame "criteria" to deal with the issue of recognition of private universities across the country after consulting with all stakeholders, including UGC.
The Supreme Court on Thursday rapped the University Grant Commission (UGC) for going into "slumber" over conducting physical verification of infrastructure and faculty strength of deemed universities, which were black- listed by a Committee appointed by the Centre.
The HRD ministry will hold consultations with states next month as part of steps to frame a new national education policy which will also take into consideration the views of stakeholders like students and parents.
Controversy hogged the HRD Ministry ever since the NDA government came to power be it for the rollback of FYUP of Delhi University, replacing Sanskrit with German as the third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas or asking institutes to observe events on Christmas.
UGC has asked universities across the country to observe December 25 as 'Good Governance Day' amid the controversy over organising events on the occasion which requires physical presence of students in campus on Christmas.
Private sector in education is facing many challenges and these are being addressed by reviewing the functioning of regulatory bodies like University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), government told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
A day after HRD Minister Smriti Irani informed about the implementation of a 'choice based transfer system' scheme in universities, UGC today issued guidelines for uniform adoption of the system across all campuses from 2015-16 academic year.
Four years after Delhi University implemented semester system for various courses, its distance education wing still continues to operate in the annual mode, hindering the prospect of meritorious students seeking migration to regular colleges.
With Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary on October 31 being celebrated as 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas', UGC today asked universities to organise events and take pledge to uphold unity and security of the nation.