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States must increase allocation for higher education: UGC Chairman

UGC Chairman Sukhdev Thorat has said that state governments must increase allocation for higher education. He was addressing All IndiaVice Chancellors. conference that was organized by Association of Indian Universities along with UGC in Pune recently.

Talking about the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER), Thorat said, “Governance and cross-border education are some of the most important issues that need to be solved in order to reach the targeted 15 per cent gross enrolment ratio (GER) by the 11th five year plan.”

Thorat hinted that the state governments are not matching up the funds that the UGC is granting for implementing some schemes in colleges and universities.

“The UGC has planned various programmes and in order to implement these programmes, the UGC gives a grant. It is expected that the implementing state government also contributes with the same amount, but it is not seen. As a result, the schemes and programmes are either unused or lying halfway,” he said.

He also pointed out that state intervention in the matters of universities and colleges should be reduced, “I do not mind representation of state government officials in the managing council and Senate, but these members must give freedom to the University to take decisions. They must not interfere in the academic decisions. Participation of the government must be such that it should not undermine the decisions of the University.”

[Source: Times of India]

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