12B Status to Get UGC Aid for TU
By Express News Service | Published: 19th January 2014 08:00 AM |
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to accord 12B status to the Thiruvalluvar University and an official communication in this regard will be sent soon, varsity Vice-Chancellor P Gunasekaran has said.
Speaking to this reporter after a meeting held by UGC early this month, Gunasekaran said the Commission had accepted the report of its expert committee which had visited the university in November 2013. The report said that Thiruvalluvar University was fit for 12B status.
It may be noted here that the 12B status would entitle the varsity to UGC financial assistance. The Commission provides grants to eligible colleges that are included under Section 2(f) and are declared fit to receive Central assistance (UGC grant) under Section 12 (B) of UGC Act, 1956, as per the approved pattern of assistance under various schemes.
“This is a great leap and we would be working to get the accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council at the earliest. We have already started the process in this direction,” the Vice-Chancellor said. Further, the university would also be seeking grant for conduct correspondence courses from the Distance Education Bureau attached to the UGC. Proposals would be submitted to receive grants from the Central government under the Five Year Plan and other government agencies, he added. The college, which commenced in year 2002, has been functioning with 105 affiliated colleges from Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Cuddalore and Villupuram districts. In 2010, the university, which was temporarily housed at the Vellore Fort, was relocated to its own campus at Serkkadu, about 16 km from Vellore.
Last year when Gunasekaran took over as the Vice-Chancellor of the university, he re-initiated the process of getting the 12B status. He began to focus on the basic requirements such as filling up teachers’ posts, upgrading infrastructure etc, all these led to the granting of 12B status.
Thanking the State government and the UGC officials in this regard, Gunasekaran said, ‘Once the status is granted we can avail ourselves of UGC grants for further boosting the infrastructure on the campus’.