Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar yesterday announced that the UGC has granted full autonomy to NMIMS under UGC [Categorisation of Universities (Only) For Grant of Graded Autonomy] Regulations, 2018, which aims to provide greater autonomy to institutions under three categories, based on their NAAC accreditation score. UGC granted Graded Autonomy to Five central universities, 21 state universities, and 26 private universities including NMIMS.
Rajan Saxena, vice-chancellor of NMIMS Deemed to be University, said “We will now seek global accreditation for all our programmes and constituent schools/ campuses. We are also moving towards internationalisation of education and multidisciplinary research and making education more flexible & experiential. We will work towards making NMIMS Global 500 Universities in next 10 years.”
The graded autonomy gives institutions the freedom to start new courses, new departments, off-campus centres, research parks, appoint foreign faculty, admit foreign students, pay variable incentive packages to their teachers and enter into academic collaboration with top 500 universities of the world without seeking UGC’s permission. These institutions will also be able to hire foreign faculty, enrol foreign students, enter into academic collaborations and provide incentive-based emoluments to faculty.
NMIMS is parked in this category and now is free to start a new course, department and school without UGC approval. NMIMS will also be exempted from UGC’s regular inspections and can collaborate with foreign educational institutions without the regulator’s permission. NMIMS’ performance will be reviewed based on self-reporting.
Dr. Saxena further said “Graded Autonomy is a bold and a visionary step forward of Ministry of HRD. This is the beginning of developing island of excellence in higher education. Which will make Indian education world class. At this junction, I complement Hon’ble HRD Minister and the government for their initiative of making institutions autonomous.”