Institutes of higher education to get intake incentives

The Higher Education department (HED) has come up with an initiative to provide seat intake incentives to aided and unaided colleges demonstrating high performance, from the academic year 2015-16.

As per a recent Government Order, the department has given such institutions the advantage of increasing their intake without having to go through the conventional permission procedure.  Institutions that have secured the NAAC A and A+ grades with valid scores, would be qualified. To avail of the benefit, the colleges would have to assure the government of giving 25 percent of the increased intake seats to students from economically weaker sections of society. They would also have to ensure quality infrastructure and standards of teaching and non- teaching staff.

The institutions have to submit a proposal to the Principal Secretary, HED, before December 31, with regard to the number of seats they wish to add. The colleges will have the freedom to chose the courses for which they wish to increase the intake. They will also have to provide details about the existing course-wise and programme-wise intake. The colleges will be permitted to increase their intake without mandatory inspection. The department will communicate the increase in intake within 15 days failing which it will be deemed that the colleges had been granted the permission.

Further, once the proposal is accepted, the acceptance letter will directly be forwarded to the university concerned. However, the universities will have the liberty to send Local Inquiry Committees (LIC) for inspection of the colleges, according to the press statement from Sandhya L Nayak, Undersecretary of HED.

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