UGC approves guidelines for creating 20 world-class institutions

The University Grants Commission on Wednesday passed a new set of regulations to set up 20 world-class institutions and agreed to review the status of the deemed universities placed in �Category B� by HRD Ministry�s Tandon Committee in 2009.

UGC approves guidelines for creating 20 world-class institutions

The University Grants Commission on Wednesday passed a new set of regulations to set up 20 world-class institutions and agreed to review the status of the deemed universities placed in ‘Category B’ by HRD Ministry’s Tandon Committee in 2009.

It also approved a proposal to encourage research on the life and work of BJP ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay. Universities, from now on, can set up a research Chair named after him.


The Modi government has been focussing on creating 20 world class institutions, ten in public and ten in the private sector. A more liberal regulatory framework has been recommended for these institutes as they will get more autonomy in designing syllabi and deciding fee structure.

The Tandon panel was set up by former HRD minister Kapil Sibal after the quality of the then 126 deemed universities was questioned. It had found only 38 deemed universities worthy of the tag and they were placed in Category ‘A’. Forty-four were found to be deficient on many counts and placed in Category ‘B’ and 44 were termed unworthy and placed in Category ‘C’.

The Ministry last month wrote to UGC, asking it to start inspection of the Category ‘B’ institutions. This was discussed at a meeting on Wednesday