Eligibility Criteria

 ELIGIBILITY

  • Colleges (of any discipline) whether aided, partially aided and unaided/self financing are eligible provided they are under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act
  • The college should have at least 10 years of existence
  • The colleges must be accredited by either NAAC with minimum ‘A’ Grade or by NBA for at least three
  • Programme(s) with a minimum score of 675 individually or a corresponding accreditation Grade/score from a UGC empanelled accreditation agency. However, if the number of programme(s) being run by the Institution is less than three,then each of the programmes should secure 675 or more marks. Accreditation status must be valid at the time of application.
  • Provided further, the existing autonomous colleges will be required to comply with this eligibility condition within a maximum period of five years from the date of notification of these Regulations.
  • The constituent colleges shall also undergo separate accreditation by NAAC/NBA/UGC empanelled accreditation agency to be considered eligible.
    • Colleges accredited with a score of 3.0 and above, up to 3.25 on a 4 point scale of NAAC/corresponding NBA score / corresponding accreditation score from a UGC empanelled accreditation agency at the time of application shall be considered for grant of autonomous status with an on-site visit of the duly constituted Expert Committee.

    • Colleges which have a NAAC score of 3.26 and above, up to 3.50 or a corresponding NBA score or a corresponding accreditation Grade/score from a UGC empanelled accreditation agency for one complete cycle and also accredited accordingly in the second cycle, shall be considered for grant of autonomous status without onsite visit by the Expert Committee.

    • Colleges with 3.51 and above in a 4 point scale of NAAC or a minimum of three programmes have been accredited by NBA with a minimum score of 750 individually or a corresponding accreditation Grade/score from a UGC empanelled accreditation agency at the time of application shall be considered for grant of autonomous status without onsite visit by the Expert Committee.

    • However, the colleges are required to adhere to the University Grants Commission’s Regulations like (a) curbing the menace of ragging in Higher Education Institutions Regulations 2012; (b) UGC (Promotion of Equity in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations 2012; (c) UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations 2012, etc. in letter and spirit.
    • The application of colleges covered under 6.4 (ii) and (iii) above shall be considered as the report of the Expert
    • Committee for consideration of the Commission and its approval thereof. 
    • If an autonomous college has obtained the score of 3.51 and above on a 4-Point scale from NAAC or a minimum of three programmes have been accredited by NBA with a minimum score of 750 individually or a corresponding accreditation Grade/score from a UGC empanelled accreditation agency, the college shall be granted extension of autonomous status for further ten years without on-site visit.

CRITERIA FOR GRANTING AUTONOMY TO COLLEGES

  • Academic reputation and previous performance in university examinations and its academic/co-curricular/extension activities in the past
  • Academic/extension/research achievements of the faculty
  • Quality and merit in the selection of students and teachers, subject to statutory requirements in this regard
  • Adequacy of infrastructure in terms of classrooms, library books and e-resources, laboratories and equipments, sports facilities, facilities for recreation activities, residential accommodation for faculty and students, transport facilities etc.
  • Quality of institutional management
  • The financial strength of the institution
  • Responsiveness of administrative structure
  • Motivation and involvement of faculty in the promotion of innovative reforms

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