Published: 31st May 2019
Not just universities, but autonomous colleges will also give out degrees soon
Universities will be distinguished from degree-granting colleges by the fact that they offer graduate programmes in a broad range of subjects
With great power comes great responsibility. As far as universities in India were concerned, their power lies in granting degrees, which was exclusive. But soon, that wouldn't be the case. The new Draft National Education Policy says that autonomous colleges will also have the power to grant degrees.
The policy was formed by an 11-member team, which was headed by the former ISRO Chairman K Kasturirangan. It was submitted to the new HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Friday, a few hours after he took charge. The committee was constituted in June 2017. The policy that is said to be inspired by India's heritage, presents 'A vision for the education system in India'.
"All institutions of education and research, public as well as private, will be allowed to award degrees in their own names, irrespective of whether the word ‘university’ figures in their name or not. Universities will be distinguished from degree-granting colleges by the fact that they offer graduate programmes in a broad range of subjects, especially quality PhD programmes, and are of relatively larger sizes. ," reads the policy.