Under the new National Education Policy (NEP), which proposes granting more autonomy to colleges and phasing out affiliation systems, universities will not be able to provide affiliation to more than 300 colleges, Union Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said on Wednesday.
As per the new policy approved by the Union Cabinet last month, the system of affiliation will be phased 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. Over the course, every college would develop into either an autonomous degree-granting college or a constituent college of a University.
“I visited a University recently and when I asked the vice chancellor how many colleges are affiliated to that University, he said 800 degree colleges. I thought I heard him wrong. I asked him again, and he said 800. It was a convocation ceremony. I was surprised. Can any VC remember the names of the principals of 800 degree colleges?” the Union education minister asked. He was addressing a virtual session on ‘Education post COVID-19’. “Can he or she keep a tab on the quality and functions of such a 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 need to increase the number of universities we will do that,” Nishank said.
“We have 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,” Pokhriyal said.
At the Conclave of Transformational Reforms in Higher Education under National Education Policy on August 7th, Prime Minister Narendra Modi put forth specific insights into the NEP 2020. The Cabinet of Ministers passed the National Education Policy earlier this year on July 30th. It was done in a move to revise the current education system, which is prevalent in India. NEP 2020 focuses on “How to Think” and not “What to Think,” PM Modi said,