The University Grants
Commission (UGC) has decided to accord 12B status to the Thiruvalluvar
University, Vice-Chancellor P Gunasekaran has said that the decision was taken
after a meeting held by UGC early this month.
Gunasekaran said that
the Commission had accepted the report of its expert committee which had
visited the university in November 2013. The report said that Thiruvalluvar
University was fit for 12B status.
It may be noted here
that the 12B status would entitle the varsity to UGC financial
assistance. The Commission provides grants to eligible colleges that are
included under Section 2(f) and are declared fit to receive Central assistance
(UGC grant) under Section 12 (B) of UGC Act, 1956, as per the approved pattern
of assistance under various schemes.
“This is a great leap
and we would be working to get the accreditation from the National Assessment
and Accreditation Council at the earliest. We have already started the process
in this direction,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
The University is also
planning to seek grant for conduct correspondence courses from the Distance
Education Bureau attached to the UGC. Proposals would be submitted to receive
grants from the Central government under the Five Year Plan and other
government agencies, he added, reported New Indian Express.