Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Ht Nation - Nee­lam Pandey nee­lam.pandey@hin­dus­tan­ ■

NEWDELHI:For the first time, cen­tral uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try will un­dergo a per­for­mance re­view by the min­istry of hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment (MHRD) in Oc­to­ber that will de­ter­mine the ex­tent of fund­ing they re­ceive from the gov­ern­ment.

The min­istry has asked cen­tral uni­ver­si­ties to fur­nish de­tails about aca­demic progress made by them so far, in­clud­ing per­cent­age of classes ac­tu­ally held (over sched­uled) in each pro­gramme, per­cent­age of the syl­labus cov­ered (as against sched­uled), the num­ber of ex­ams sched­uled and ac­tu­ally con­ducted and the num­ber of exam re­sults de­clared.

The min­istry has sent a let­ter this ef­fect to all cen­tral uni­ver­si­ties on Septem­ber 7, a copy of which has been ac­cessed by HT.

In ad­di­tion to this, they have also been asked to give in­for­ma­tion on num­ber of griev­ances re­ceived in the first quar­ter (July to Septem­ber) from stu­dents and the num­ber re­solved.

The re­view is tak­ing place in the con­text of an MoU that was signed be­tween uni­ver­si­ties, the MHRD and the Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion. HT had on Septem­ber 1 re­ported how each cen­tral univer­sity, ex­cept Delhi Univer­sity, had signed the MoU de­tail­ing the tar­gets they wanted to achieve in the first quar­ter; funds to the uni­ver­si­ties were to be al­lo­cated on the ba­sis of their per­for­mance in meet­ing the tar­gets.

The MHRD had made the sign­ing of the MoU manda­tory

“It has been de­cided by the min­istry to re­view the im­ple­men­ta­tion sta­tus of all the per­for­mance pa­ram­e­ters, out­put tar­gets and pro­gramme of work in­di­cated by the univer­sity in the said MoU… ,” reads the let­ter dated Septem­ber 7. All the uni­ver­si­ties have also been asked to pro­vide de­tails on their stu­dents’ griev­ance re­dres­sal sys­tem (both on­line and off­line). “The idea of a per­for­mance re­view is cer­tainly good. The MHRD cer­tainly funds th­ese in­sti­tutes and if there are com­plaints, those should be ad­dressed by ap­pro­pri­ate bod­ies, in­clud­ing MHRD, but they shouldn’t get into such ac­tiv­i­ties on a daily ba­sis.,” said SS Man­tha, aca­demi­cian and for­mer chair­man of the All In­dia Coun­cil for Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion.

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