Enrolment Ratio in PG Courses only 12 percent
University Grants Commission’s ( UGC ) Acting Chairman Ved Prakash has said only 12 percent of graduates are seeking admission to postgraduate ( PG ) courses in various universities and institutions in the country and there are glaring regional imbalances in the enrolment of students in higher education.
He was speaking at the 5th National Assessment and Accreditation Council ( NAAC ) accreditation ceremony Bangalore on 16th September, 2012. Prof.Prakash said only 1 percent of postgraduate students enrol for research programme in various fields.
The UGC had chalked out several plans to increase gross enrolment ratio ( GER ) of students ( in the age group of 18 to 22 ) in higher education. He was optimistic of increasing the GER from the present 20 percent to 30 percent by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan ( 2012 – 2017 ). The enrolment of candidates for degree courses would be increased from the present 20 million to 29 million by the end of 12th Plan period.
The number of students enrolled in distance education would go up from 4.6 million to 6.3 million by 2017, Prof.Prakash said. Noting that a large number of students from marginalised sections of society would join colleges for degree courses, he said enrolment for PG courses and research programmes need to be improved to overcome shortage of teachers. There was a need to transform existing centres of learning into knowledge centres to provide quality education, the UGC Chairman said.
“Teaching and research are two sides of the same coin and the modern society cannot exist without research society”. Most of the research institutions had been overwhelmingly public institutions and they facilitate environment for both competitive and collaborative research and studies, he said.
Stating that corruption was rampant globally in higher education, Prof.Prakash said the profit motive was the major objective of many overseas institutions. Institutions would not last long without equity and quality of education. He also noted contribution of private educational institutions in increasing the gross enrolment ratio in degree and PG courses.
UGC Emeritus Fellowship 2012 – 2013
The University Grants Commission floated the Scheme of “Emeritus Fellowship” in order to provide an opportunity to the superannuated teachers of universities, colleges and institutions.
University Grants Commission invites applications for award of Emeritus Fellowship for the year 2012 – 2013 against 119 slots. The scheme provides an opportunity to superannuated teachers upto 70 years of age or upto two years ( non – extendable ) of the award whichever is earlier of universities, colleges and institutions approved under Section 2 ( f ) and 12 ( B ) of the UGC Act who have been actively engaged in research and teaching programmes in the preceding years to undertake research, without any restriction of position or pay scales.
The guidelines of the scheme, detailed terms and conditions of the fellowship, eligibility, reservations etc. may be seen by logging in the UGC website.
Applications in the prescribed format may be submitted only through on line mode latest by 1st October, 2012 ( non – extendable ) by logging into website : www.ugc.ac.in/ef
For more information visit : http://www.ugc.ac.in/ef
University Grants Commission NET Examination centres 2012
Tamilnadu UGC NET Examinations :
The centres for conduct of University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test 2012 Coimbatore have been announced by Bharathiar University.
The examination is on 24th June, 2012.
The examination centres are mentioned below. Hall tickets for all the eligible candidates for the UGC – NET examination have been dispatched to the candidates. Eligible candidates who have not received their hall tickets can contact the Co – Ordinator with the relevant documents.
The test commences at 9.30 a.m.
Examination Centres : Sri Ramakrishna Arts and Science for Women; Dr. G.R. Damodaran College of Science; SNR Sons College; Dr. N.G.P College of Arts and Science; Dr. N.G.P Institute of Technology; Hindustan College of Arts and Science.
For details, contact V. Anbumani, Head, Department of Economics, Bharathiar University, on 0422 – 2428362.
Karnataka UGC NET Examinations :
The UGC NET examination for Junior Research Fellowship and eligibility for lectureships will be held on 24th June, 2012 at the University of Mysore. Admission cards and instructions have been sent to nearly 7,500 applicants.
For details, contact C. Srikantappa, UGC – NET Centre ( 0821 – 2419202 ) or visit http://www.uni-mysore.ac.in/.
Andhra Pradesh UGC NET Examinations :
S.V. University has announced that the UGC – JRF eligibility test for lectureship will be held on 24th June, 2012 under centre code No.57, SV University. Candidates registered under this centre have been accommodated in ten sub – centres in and around Tirupati. They can contact http://www.svuniversity.in/circular/netexam24.pdf to find their test centre.
Kerala UGC NET Examinations :
The following schools and colleges in the city will be examination centres for the UGC / NET Humanities examination to be conducted by the University Grants Commission ( UGC ) on 24th June, 2012 :
- Cotton Hill Government Higher Secondary School, Vazhuthacaud.
- Government Women’s College.
- Government Model Boys High School, Thycaud.
- Karthika Tirunal Government Girls Vocational and Higher Secondary School.
- University College.
- Government Model Girls Higher Secondary School, Pattom.
- SMV Model Higher Secondary School for Boys.
- Mahatma Gandhi College.
- Mar Ivanios College.
Fore more details log on to http://www.keralauniversity.ac.in.
Participation of Women in Higher Educational Institutions
The University Grants Commission ( UGC ) has initiated a training programme for participation of women in higher education institutions under the scheme of “Capacity Building of Women Managers in Higher Education”. Training of Trainers workshops and Sensitization / Awareness / Motivation workshops. Under this scheme have been organized by the various universities & colleges during the eleventh Plan to ensure gender equality and to enhance the participation of women in higher educational institutions.
Women Education is one of the important components of UGC policy of Equity and access. The UGC has launched the schemes of financial assistance to Universities and Colleges for construction of women’s hostels, financial assistance for establishment of Day Care Centres to help women to continue their academic career, Indira Gandhi Scholarship to Single Girl Child;
Assistance for capacity building for women managers in higher education; Post Doctoral Fellowships for women; establishment of Women’s Studies Centres and additional assistance to Universities & Colleges with more women enrolment to encourage the enrolment and participation of women in higher educational institutions.
This information was given by Dr. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource Development in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 21st March, 2012.
UGC’s Faculty Recharge Programme
The University Grants Commission ( UGC ), under its scheme “Strengthening of Basic Science Research” coordinated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the UGC Empowered Committee, has launched the UGC – Faculty Recharge Programme as an innovative means of providing high – quality faculty with proven flair for research and teaching.
The positions will be at the levels of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, engineering, and earth sciences.
UGC Chairman Ved Prakash has written to the vice – chancellors interested in upgrading their faculty resources in basic sciences to approach the commission.
The scheme has been designed to induct fresh talent and augment faculty resources in Indian universities which are now facing a severe shortage of faculty. Under the scheme, the UGC has plans to induct 1,000 faculty members at the national level to enable the universities to rejuvenate their faculty resources.
The faculty recharge positions will initially be for a tenure of five years. However, depending on the peer group assessment report, the positions will either be extended or elevated to the next higher level or in some exceptional cases could even be terminated. The age of superannuation of the incumbents in these positions would be the same as prevalent in Central universities.
The faculty selected under this programme would receive emoluments at par with those in the Central University; grants would be provided by the UGC through the respective university where they would be placed. Placement of these faculty would, however, be subject to the signing of an MoU between the UGC and the university.