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The well-known colleges in India will become multidisciplinary independent institutions by the year 2035 in line with the national education policy of the year 2020. This is according to the draft by University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.

The draft stated the culture of establishing the multidisciplinary institutes worldwide, as well as recommended various measures to transform the existing structure of affiliated colleges, universities which are in India. UGC has asked for ideas on the formulated guidelines by the end of March 20.

The UGC draft guidelines have stated three kinds of multidisciplinary institutions research-intensive universities, teaching-intensive universities, and degree-awarding autonomous colleges.

The multidisciplinary teaching-intensive universities (TUs), as well as research-intensive universities (RUs), will be big universities with 3,000 or even more students. The Institutional Development Plan (IDP) for the RU will evaluate upon the programs, faculty research profile, industry collaborations, research projects, as well as other research-based activities constituting the core of the university, draft UGC guidelines mentioned.

All well-known colleges should become degree-awarding autonomous institutions by the year 2035, and there will be at least one large multidisciplinary higher education institute in or near every district by the end of 2030.

The UGC draft guidelines also mentioned granting dual degree programs. Suggestions to offer a four-year dual-major Bachelor’s program have to be fulfilled by the HEIs to the regulatory body concerned for distinction. Following the selection procedure, it also stated that the concerned regulatory bodies will recognize institutions to offer integrated dual major programs.

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Under the collaborative system, students enrolled in an HEI can take up the first degree at the host institution as well as the second degree at the partnering institution which is leading to a dual degree. Following the norms of regulatory bodies, the Central and/ or State governments should organize and oversee the joint seat allocation for dual degree programs. It also mentioned Eligibility to the dual degree program will be as per the eligibility criteria in terms of preparing examinations, minimum marks, and any other factors asset for the program by the partnering institutions.

The proposed guidelines also suggest the formation of a group of colleges. Single-stream institutions as well as multidisciplinary institutions with poor enrollment, due to scarcity of employment-oriented innovative multidisciplinary courses as well as lack of financial resources to retain and manage the institutions can enhance enrolment by becoming members of clusters and by requesting multidisciplinary programs. The lack of such resources has also been ascertained to be an obstacle for attaining good grades in NAAC accreditation, as per the UGC draft guidelines.

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