6 out of 9 colleges from Karnataka lose UPE tag

Six of the nine autonomous colleges in Karnataka have failed to maintain their ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ status granted by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The Commission has released a review report on 79 colleges across the nation, and of the nine colleges from state, only three have been named eligible for the next phase —from 2015 to 2020. The colleges had been given the status during the last review in 2010, and this time, UGC has recommended only three of them for the next phase.

Under this scheme, introduced during the ninth plan period (1997-2002), UGC provides funds for development of institutes to help them attain world-class standards in their domains.

From Karnataka, Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru, Government Science College, Bengaluru, KLS Gogte College of Commerce, Belgavi, Govindram Seksaria Science College, Belagavi, SECAB Associations ARS Inamdar Arts Science & Commerce College for Women, Vijayapura, Acharya Tulsi National College of Commerce, Shivamogga, Sahyadri Arts College, Shivamogga, St Philomena’s College, Mysuru and Yuvaraja College, Mysuru, had been chosen; but only three of them —Mount Carmel, Government Science College and St Philomena’s College — will continue to enjoy the grants for the next five years. St Philomena’s has been recommended for the status of ‘College for Excellence’.

Prof Nanje Gowda, Principal of Yuvaraja College said, “We attended the presentation meeting recently and our proposal for the next phase was rejected because we have not renewed our NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) accreditation, which expired in June 2014.”

He said that the college has applied for fresh accreditation and once it is granted, a fresh proposal will be sent, reported New Indian Express.

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