1.5 acres enough for colleges in mega cities

COIMBATORE: From now on, colleges can be established on just 1.5 acres of land in mega cities in the country. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has amended the UGC (Affiliation of C

Published: 22nd May 2012 02:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2012 10:28 PM   |  A+A-

COIMBATORE: From now on, colleges can be established on just 1.5 acres of land in mega cities in the country.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has amended the UGC (Affiliation of Colleges by Universities) Regulations 2009 to give effect to this decision for grant of temporary/permanent affiliation to institutions. The 2009 regulations were silent on the land requirement for establishing colleges in mega cities and instead detailed land requirement norms only in respect of institutions proposed to be started in metropolitan and other cities.

A new clause has been introduced in the UGC (Affiliation of Colleges by Universities-First Amendment) Regulations 2012, which permits colleges to be set up on land measuring a minimum of 1.5 acres if it is located in mega cities. The land requirement for establishing colleges in metropolitan cities (2 acres) and other cities (5 acres) remain unchanged. However, the new clause shall not be applicable to existing colleges that are already affiliated to universities. Incidentally, the UGC has not elaborated what constitutes a mega city.

The apex regulatory body has in the meantime added a new eligibility criterion for granting permanent affiliation for a college.

“As per this newly-introduced clause 5.5, only colleges which have been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) or any other statutory accreditation agency by the State or Central Government shall be eligible to apply for permanent affiliation,” a source said. As per the guidelines of NAAC only colleges from which at least two batches of students have graduated can apply for accreditation.

Applying for accreditation is presently a voluntary exercise but the Union Human Resource Development Ministry had a couple of years ago drafted a legislation to make it mandatory. The legislation is still pending approval. The amended UGC Regulations reiterate that the academic building in colleges must accommodate all faculties (departments), lecture/seminar rooms, library with a minimum of 15 sqft area per student and 20 sqft per student in each of the laboratories. However, this “sub-clause shall not apply to colleges already affiliated to the universities.” The colleges must also take adequate measures for safety, security and pollution control.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp