Breaking News! New UGC scheme for Higher Education launched

In a bid to promote quality assurance in Higher Education, Union HRD
Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ today launched  University Grants
Commission (UGC) Scheme of ‘Paramarsh.’

The scheme is aimed at mentoring National Accreditation and Assessment
Council (NAAC) Accreditation Aspirant Institutions to promote Quality
Assurance in Higher Education.

Initially 71 universities and 391 colleges with NAAC score of 3.26 and above will mentor five colleges each.
the Paramarsh scheme, the leading institutions will provide regular
mentoring to help colleges achieve high quality standards. The scheme
also proposes to provide financial assistance to the mentoring
institutions and the option of appointing an expert, who can be paid a
fellowship amount of Rs 31,000 per month.
“The scheme will be a
paradigm shift in the concept of mentoring of institution by another
well performing institution to upgrade their academic performance and
enable them to get accredited by focusing in the area of curricular
aspects, teaching-learning & evaluation, research, innovation,
institutional values & practices etc,” Speaking on the occasion,”
the Minister said.
scheme is expected to have a major impact in addressing a national
challenge of improving the quality of Higher Education in India.
information about the scheme, the Minister said the Scheme will be
operationalized through a “Hub & Spoke” model wherein the Mentor
Institution, called the “Hub” is centralized and will have the
responsibility of guiding the Mentee institution through the secondary
branches the “Spoke” through the services provided to the mentee for
self improvement. This allows a centralized control over operational
efficiency, resource utilization to attain overall development of the
mentee institution.
The scheme aims at enhancement of overall
quality of the Mentee Institutions and its profile as a result of
improved quality of research, teaching and learning methodologies.
Mentee Institution will also have increased exposure and speedier
adaptation to best practices. “Paramarsh” scheme will also facilitate
sharing of knowledge, information and opportunities for research
collaboration and faculty development in Mentee Institutions.
eligibility guidelines laid down by UGC say the mentor and the mentee
can be government, aided, private or self-financing institution. “The
mentor institution should be NAAC accredited with an A grade, having an
overall score of 3.26 and above. Any such institution recognised under
2(f) & 12B of the UGC Act 1956 will be eligible to receive UGC
grants for the purpose.
Since these grants will be used for
mentoring the institution and not for creation of any infrastructure,
the private institution can also receive funding as they do for student
teacher centric schemes,” the guidelines stated.
The “Paramarsh”
scheme will target 1000 Higher Education Institutions for mentoring with
a specific focus on quality as enumerated in the UGC “Quality Mandate”.
Mentor-Mentee relationship will not only benefit both the institutions
but also provide quality education to the 3.6 crore students who are
enrolling to Indian Higher Education system at present.