The University Grants Commission
) of India
is a statutory organisation set up by Union government
in 1956, for the coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of university education. It provides recognition for universities in India, and provides funds for government-recognised universities
. Its headquarters are in New Delhi
, and six regional centres in Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Bangalore Govt. of India
In 2009, the Union Minister of Education made open the government of India's plans to close down UGC and the related body AICTE
- due to corruption
charges against the bodies - in favour of a higher regulatory body with more sweeping powers.
UGC was recommended in 1945 and formed in 1946 to oversee the work of the three Central Universities of Aligarh, Banaras and, Delhi. In 1947, the Committee was entrusted with the responsibility of dealing with all the then existing Universities. After independence, the University Education Commission was set up in 1948 under the Chairmanship of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
and it recommended that the UGC be reconstituted on the general model of the University Grants Commission of the United Kingdom.
UGC was formally inaugurated by... Read More