NEW DELHI: As a measure of reform, the University Grants Commission (UGC) decided to give complete autonomy to universities to prepare its perspective plans for 12th five year plan and their financial requirements for general development plan grants.
The UGC decided to discontinue the mechanism of sending expert committees to the universities for assessment of financial requirements. With this decision, the university will have complete autonomy to prepare a perspective plan and after getting it duly approved by all the statutory bodies of the university, it has to submit the same to the UGC. All such proposals will eventually be analysed by the expert committee at the UGC level. The UGC advised the universities more specifically that the proposals now emanate at the level of the individual faculty and pass through the departmental advisory boards, board of studies, academic council, finance committee and the executive council or equivalent body.
In a letter to all vice chancellors of UGC funded Central universities, deemed to be universities and state universities, the UGC acting Chairman Ved Prakash hoped that the confidence reposed by the UGC will provide greater autonomy to the university besides ensuring objectivity, transparency, ownership and accountability. Ved Prakash asked the VCs to initiate the process of formulation of the 12th five year plans proposals immediately keeping in view the thrust areas indentified in the 12th five year plan document titled “Inclusive and Qualitative Expansion of Higher Education”. Since the actual allocation of resources for the 12th five year plan is yet to be finalized by the Centre.