The University Grants Commission (UGC) has extended 'One Time Catch Up Grant' scheme for colleges that have not been setup under a Central Act, to the 12th Five Year Plan. However, the financial support for infrastructural development has been slashed from Rs two crore to Rs one crore for the beneficiary institution.
The scheme is extremely beneficial for colleges which do not get development grants from the UGC as they do not meet the minimum eligibility norms in terms of physical facilities and infrastructure. The main aim of this scheme is to strengthen such colleges and enable them to fulfill the 12B criteria for regular UGC assistance.
Presently, there are nearly 8,800 colleges, mainly undergraduate ones, affiliated to state universities which are technically under the purview of the UGC, but do not get development grants from the UGC. This scheme has benefitted many such â€˜uncoveredâ€™ colleges in 11th Plan.
UGC is inviting colleges to apply for the grant for the 12th Plan. UGC's Deputy Secretary Shakuntla Kashyap in this regard has sent the UGC letter to 24 universities of the country.
The UGC has asked the varsities to inform Government Colleges and Government aided private colleges established by a trust or a society and included in section 2(f) of the UGC Act, but has not thus far received UGC development grants under section 12B about the scheme.
The universities have also been asked to forward the applications of the colleges to the UGC for their consideration.
[Source: Times of India]