Sunday, January 24, 2010

UGC funded undeserving universities

Many of the deemed universities including those now doomed to lose that prized status have been thriving on large sums of taxpayer money. Whether it was for ostensible construction of buildings or even for something as vague as promoting excellence UGC (University Grants commission) has over the years generously funded the dreams of many a deemed university. UGC data reveals that financial support from the government to the deemed varsities ballooned over time, despite the fact that these institutes never offered any subsidised education.

A vice-chancellor of a university in eastern India said, It was a nobrainer. The powerful politicos running the deemed universities slowly made their way into several UGC panels. They have been wielding immense power over the years. The UGC office refused to give the list of deemed universities which received grants over time. However, a member of the P N Tandon Committee noticed that some deemed universities that did not deserve grants were aided by the UGC.

Some patterns emerge. For instance, the money for deemed universities kept rising and more importantly, we can clearly see that the UGC had some favourites among the rotten eggs too, he added. Shockingly, some of names figure in the list of 44 institutes which will lose their deemed status for their deficiencies. For instance, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth received Rs. 181.96 lakh from UGC in 2007-09. Similarly, Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Hardwar, received Rs. 112.78 lakh in the last two years.

Source: The Tims of India, January 20, 2010

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