UGC seeks higher allocation for education in budget

The UGC, whose mandate includes promoting and coordinating university education, is taking steps to improve the quality in higher education institutions

Even though the retirement age of a state or central university faculty, as per University Grants Commission (UGC) norms, should be 65, it is 60 across state universities in Tamil Nadu.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has been undertaking efforts to make higher education relevant to the societal and national needs, its chairman DP Singh said on Wednesday (January 29).

The UGC, whose mandate includes promoting and coordinating university education, is taking steps to improve the quality in higher education institutions (HEIs), he said.

Singh was talking to reporters after addressing the 68th annual convocation of the MS University here. He said the UGC has been undertaking efforts to make higher education relevant to the societal and national needs.

Singh said the UGC has requested the Centre to allocate more funds for education in the upcoming Union budget for 2020-21. “Indian higher education system has grown manifold since independence. It has now 993 universities, 3.7 crore students and 14 lakh teachers,” the UGC chairman said.

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“There have been reports about the unemployability of graduates coming out of our higher educational institutions. Some of the lacuna pointed out by industry experts are lack of soft skills. We, at the UGC, are conscious of these things,” Singh said.

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