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Top 20 per cent higher education campuses to have greater autonomy: Prakash Javadekar

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Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Particulars of the UGC

Mains level: World Ranking of Indian Top Institutions is very high. It is a good step to counter this issue.


Exemption from UGC’s Review Mechanism

  1. According to the HRD Ministry, the top 20 per cent of higher education institutions in the country deserved more autonomy
  2. And the government would work towards exempting them from UGC’s review mechanism

How will it be done?
All higher education institutions will be divided into three categories

  1. The top 20 per cent enjoying greater academic freedom
  2. The next 40 per cent with relatively more regulations
  3. The remaining 40 per cent that will remain under the UGC’s regulatory control
  4. The top 20 per cent will be chosen on the basis of the NAAC grading system scores


  1. The plan to set up 20 world-class institutions, 10 government-run and 10 private
  2. The 20 will be known as “institutions of eminence”
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