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NCERT applies for Deemed University Status

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    14th Sep, 2022


Recently, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has applied to the University Grants Commission (UGC) for the deemed university status.

About Deemed University

  • Deemed University is a type of higher education institute, it has been recognized by the status of “deemed to be university” under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, 1956.
    • In broad terms, it means that the institution has been granted permission to offer its own degree programs, which are equivalent to those provided by regular universities.
  • Benefits
    • There are many benefits of being a Deemed University, such as increased funding opportunities and attracting better faculty. Additionally, these institutions often have more flexible admissions policies.
      • The authority to revise the curriculum.
      • The right to conduct examinations and evaluations.

Different types of Universities in India

  • Central University: A university established or incorporated by a Central Act. 
    • The establishment and operation are funded by the Union Government.
  • State University: A university established or incorporated by a Provincial Act or by a State Act.
  • Private University: A university established through a State/Central Act by a sponsoring body viz. 
    • A Society registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860, or any other corresponding law for the time being in force in a State or a Public Trust or a Company registered under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956.
  • Institution of National Importance: An Institution established by Act of Parliament and declared as Institution of National Importance. 
    • They are funded by the Government of India and include all the IITs, NITs and AIIMs institutes.
  • Institution under State Legislature Act: An Institution established or incorporated by a State Legislature Act.

About National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)

  • The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is an autonomous organisation set up in 1961 by the Government of India to assist and advise the Central and State Governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education. 
  • The Executive Committee (EC) is the highest decision-making body of NCERT and is chaired by the Education Minister.
  • The major objectives of NCERT and its constituent units are to:
    • undertake, promote and coordinate research in areas related to school education
    • prepare and publish model textbooks, supplementary material, newsletters, journals and develops educational kits, multimedia digital materials, etc.
    • organise pre-service and in-service training of teachers
    • develop and disseminate innovative educational techniques and practices
    • collaborate and network with state educational departments, universities, NGOs and other educational institutions
    • act as a clearing house for ideas and information in matters related to school education; and act as a nodal agency for achieving the goals of Universalization of Elementary Education.
  • In addition, NCERT is an implementation agency for bilateral cultural exchange programmes with other countries in the field of school education.

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