The UGC or University Grants Commission on Saturday sought proposals from institutions for extension of their vocational courses and community college programmes. "The UGC has invited proposals from those institutions which have been running Bachelor of Vocational Courses (B.V.oc) and community college programmes in order to consider an extension of courses being run under the said programmes," a senior UGC official said. "Without due approval from the UGC for extension of their skill-based courses, the institutions will not be able to claim any grant for running those courses," the official added.
The commission has asked these institutions to submit their proposals latest by September 6, 2018. The higher education regulator has made provisions for financial assistance up to Rs 1.85 crore for the first three years to each of the colleges selected for Bachelor of Vocation programmes under the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF).
Earlier, the UGC released a circular that they have brought an amendment in the rules and regulations for the award of M Phil and Ph.D. degrees. It has been claimed that a certain amount of relaxation will be given to the reserved categories. About five per cent marks have been secured for the reserve category candidates in the entrance examination. In 2016, the UGC had acquainted another regulation to streamline the procedure for admission to Ph.D. and M Phil programs across the maximum educational institute. These rules banned colleges from offering Ph.D. programs in distance education mode.