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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Several Institutes of Eminence (IoEs) like the Indian Institutes Of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) can now set up their campuses outside the country.

This is now possible as the University Grants Commission (UGC) has amended its regulation for IoEs. The Commission has also included a clause allowing offshore campuses for such institutes.

This came to light after the Commission recently released UGC (Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities) (Amendments) Regulations 2021, Thursday.

“Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities shall be permitted to start new off-campus centre(s) (maximum of 3 in 5 years and not more than 1 in one academic year),” the official UGC notification read.

The institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities shall submit their application to the Ministry by way of an affidavit along with the Detailed Project Report (DPR) containing its l0 year Strategic Vision Plan and a five year rolling implementation plan, recruitment plan, student admission plan, research plan, infrastructure development plan, financial plan, administrative plan, governance plan with clear annual milestones and action plan on how the proposed off-campus is to be set up with identifiable outcomes for approval to start/establish an Off-Campus Centre.

Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities applying for off-campus centre(s) shall have to meet the following stipulations in the proposed off-campus centre(s) within a reasonable time period no exceeding one year:

The teacher-student ratio shall not he more than l:20 OR shall be as per the requirement of the concerned Statutory Council(s).

The teacher- student ratio shall be l:10 at the end of the five years.

The faculty for this purpose shall include the regular faculty, adjunct faculty, overseas faculty, visiting faculty). contractual faculty, industry faculty and tenure track faculty or faculty as otherwise permitted by the Statutory Council(s) concerned.

However, at least sixty per cent of the faculty shall be appointed on permanent/regular basis;
(ii) a minimum of five hundred students on its rolls under regular class room mode with one third PG/Research students
(iii) five PG programmes;
(iv) research Programmes;

Provided further that the Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be Universities shall be permitted to start an Off-Campus Centre(s) in an interim campus subject to the condition that the permanent campus shall be ready within a reasonable time period not exceeding five years.

For more details visit the official website- https://www.ugc.ac.in/

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