New Delhi: The UGC is going to tighten noose against all the higher educational institutions, which boast of providing quality education, by making it mandatory for them to procure accreditation certificates.

The UGC has notified new regulations making it compulsory for all institutions imparting higher education to apply for accreditation within a period of six months to the accreditation agencies. However, all the technical educational institutions recognized by the AICTE will be exempted from the new norms.   

Under the new regulation, no new university, college or deemed university without having accreditation will be allowed to run the courses. Accreditations are also mandatory for those universities which have been either running courses for the last six years or from where two batches of students have successfully passed out.    

If a university fails to fulfill such norms but it has been in existence for the last six years, is required to apply for accreditation certificate. All the higher educational institutions are required to receive the accreditation certificates issued by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, National Board of Accreditation and National Accreditation Board.  

UGC Chairman Ved Prakash told Dainik Jagran that the accreditation certificates are necessary for ensuring quality education in higher educational institutions. The new notification seeks to ensure that students can make informed choices about academic courses, added Prakash.

The universities may lose the eligibility for grants if they fail to procure accreditation certificates, added the UGC Chairman.

JPN/Bureau

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