Yashpal Committee report on ‘Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education’

Yashpal Committee report on ‘Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education’

About 1,500 Colleges, which have rich history, strong infrastructure and large body of students, could be upgraded to the level of universities, if the recommendations of a high level panel on higher education reforms are accepted by the government.

The committee on ‘Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education’, headed by Prof Yashpal has said that affiliating system should be eliminated and good quality colleges could be upgraded to universities.

During our discussion with various stakeholders, universities and colleges, we found that universities are suffering because of large number of affiliated colleges.

We have suggested that about 1,500 affiliated colleges have the potential to get the status of university, committee member Prof M Anandakrishnan said.

He said there are about 20,000 affiliated colleges in the country at present. The affiliating system has burdened many universities with the management of academics-content and examination. Because of this system, the better institutions are suffering and creativity is a casualty.

The committee has given several options to reduce the burden of affiliated colleges from the universities. One of the options is to upgrade about 1,500 colleges, which have rich history, strong infrastructure and large body of students, to the level of universities.

“This is a suggestion, which could be worked out. The proposed National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) may lay guideline on how to upgrade these colleges to the level of universities,” Anandakrishnan said.

The National Knowledge Commission had earlier suggested for creation of 1,500 universities in the country to cater to the growing need of higher education in the country.

Yashpal Committee has also said that large number of colleges can be clubbed in clusters and these clusters can be recognised as universities.

The other options to reduce the burden from the universities is to grant autonomous status to good quality colleges. The autonomous status allows the institutions to design their own courses and conduct examination.