The performance of educational institutions within the country, are measured on quality parameters, which will now determine the extent of autonomy and the level of regulatory scrutiny they will face. The government has also decided that top-ranking institutions will be exempt from the UGC's review mechanism, thus giving higher level of autonomy top performing institutions.
The blueprint for this new regime is ready and the draft University Grants Commission Regulations 2017, which shall be applicable to all universities established under a Central Act, a Provincial or State Act as well as Deemed to be University and all autonomous colleges, this regulation will come into effect as soon as it is notified in the Gazette of India.
As per economic times, the proposed framework , named as `Graded Autonomy', will hinge on the score of an institution given by the Academic and Administrative Audit (AAA) peer team and the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), has decided to to categories all the institutions on 4 tiers with its own eligibility criteria and level of autonomy.
Tier I Eligibility:
Level of Autonomy:
Tier II Eligibility:
Level of Autonomy
With a high level of institutional excellence having been achieved, these institutions will have following freedom:
Tier III Eligibility:
Institutions which have either scored Grade A in AAA accreditation (score 3-3.5 on a 4 point scale) OR which ranks among the top 150 institutions in the NIRF rankings for the year, will fall in this category.
With a moderate level of excellence, these institutions have following freedom:
Tier IV Eligibility:
Any institutions which has neither scored a Grade A in the AAA accreditation nor is among the top 150 in the NIRF ranking.
Level of Autonomy
Though the above said category distribution is mere based on souces as mentioned by media and they might change as and when the news regading the framework is officially declared by UGC.
With inputs from EconomicTimes