As per the directives drafted in the National Educational Policy 2020 approved by the Union Ministry, Universities can’t have more than 300 colleges affiliated to them. The system of affiliation will be reframed in stages.
New Delhi: Universities across India will not be able to give affiliation to more than 300 colleges with the National Educational Policy (NEP)-2020, Union Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said on Wednesday. This will rule out the existing affiliation system in place and will give more autonomy to colleges across the nation.
The Union Minister said this while addressing a virtual session on Education post COVID-19.
Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ added, “I recently visited a University and when I asked the VC how many colleges are affiliated to the university. I got an answer-800. I wonder how a VC of a university can keep a tab on quality and function of such huge number of colleges. That is why in the NEP we are saying that in a phased manner we will work on this. One university will not affiliate more than 300 colleges and for that if we have to increase the number of colleges, we will do that.”
“We have more than 45,000 degree colleges of which only 8,000 are autonomous. Based on their quality in a phased manner we will improve their grading and as they progress we will grant them a graded autonomy,” said the minister.
The system of affiliation will be ruled out over 15 years and a stage-wise mechanism for granting graded autonomy to colleges, through a transparent system of graded accreditation, will be established.