The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released guidelines for Institutional Development Plans (IDP) for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The guidelines have been framed as per the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 which recognises the importance of Institutional Development Plans.
The NEP also recommends that each institution will make a strategic Institutional Development Plan with the joint participation of Board members, institutional leaders, faculty, students, and staff. The guidelines have been made by the UGC to enable the Higher Educational Institutions to undertake the academic and professional excellence journey in pursuance of the goals set in line with the vision of the NEP 2020.
“The guidelines for the Institutional Development Plan for Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) serve as a guiding light for institutions striving to evolve and excel within this dynamic educational framework. This comprehensive framework is a culmination of insights, best practices, and collective wisdom gleaned from esteemed leaders, policymakers, and educational visionaries across India,” said UGC Chairman Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar.
According to Kumar, these guidelines advocate for a holistic approach to institutional growth by emphasising interdisciplinary collaboration, industry alliances, and community engagement.
The guidelines encourage HEIs to tailor their development strategies while upholding fundamental principles of academic integrity, fairness, and responsibility, Kumar added.