All universities should follow admission norms: UGC Chief

Ved Prakash will write to all varsities in connection with Ph.D and M.Phil admissions

Published: 31st March 2013 10:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st March 2013 10:19 AM   |  A+A-


Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) Ved Prakash  on Saturday said all universities have to follow the guidelines issued by the UGC concerning admission process.

“I will soon write to all universities in connection with the admissions of Ph.D and M.Phil students in various varsities,” he replied when asked about the recent rigmarole which enveloped Osmania University (OU) during the Ph.D admissions.

Delivering a lecture on ‘Higher Education in India-emerging Challenges’ at OU here Saturday, Ved Prakash said private universities have a significant role to play in the education field.

“Private varsities must come up, as the state does not have enough resources to meet the needs of youths,” he said. However, he cautioned private institutes not to commercialise higher studies sector.

“Private institutes should not see the UGC as an adversary. We have to work together. A lot of high quality education has come from private universities in India,” Prakash stated, adding that private universities have also established certain benchmarks in the country.

“The future lies in the credibility, ethics, and creativity, which is also something that surfaces from inner growth,” Prakash said.

The chairman of the UGC also stressed on the need for faculty to exchange ideas with other institutes.

“The time has come to dissolve boundaries. We have to work in collaboration with our sister institutes,” he added, hinting at scientific institutes like the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), and other places.

“CERN is one living example of collaboration.

More than 8,000 scientists came together and created the God Particle under one umbrella,” he said.

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