Indian Govt. Gearing-up for Special Heritage Plan for Universities that have completed 100 years

The news could cherish those individuals who are keen on protecting the heritage of traditional Indian Education System. With the modernization of Indian Education system and adoption of Macaulay’s Modern Education System the traditional Indian education system has been neglected much however with this move Indian Government is again all set to rejuvenate the strength and capacity of traditional Indian education system.

Seeking to restore higher education institutions started by reformer-thinkers like Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore to their lost glory the HRD ministry plans on granting universities who have completed 100 years or more with a “special heritage” status. The tag will come with a one-time grant of up to Rs 60 crore along with greater administrative and academic autonomy.

There is a growing concern that while there has been a quantitative increase in higher education, the quality of education has suffered. A view within the ministry is that private players with commercial and profit-making goals have proliferated and government institutions have developed a sort of “systemic allergy” to promotion of excellence. Through the special heritage tag the ministry hopes that universities that have been tested since pre-Independence era will have a chance to rejuvenate their academic environment.

According to the scheme, the ministry has created three categories for universities: 150 years or more, those that have completed 125 years but are less than 149 years and varsities that are between 100 and 124 years. The quantum of grant will be proportionate with older universities being given more. So those institutions that have completed over 150 years will get Rs 10 crore-Rs 12 crore a year, category two will get between Rs 8 crore and Rs 10 crore a year while those that have completed 100 years will get Rs 6 crore-Rs 8 crore a year. The budgetary provision is for a five-year period.

Among the state universities that are over 150 years old include universities of Calcutta, Bombay, Madras and Calcutta Presidency. The Aligarh Muslim University and Allahabad University are both between 125 and 149 years old and will be considered while deemed universities like the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Indian Agriculture Research Institute, Gurukul Kangri Viswavidyalaya and Jamia Hamdard could also be considered.

 Other criteria include institutions that were started with a philanthropic and non-profit motive or established with a national need in mind. Institutions started by epoch-making thinkers like Swami Vivekananda, Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Vidyasagar would also be included. As an exception those educational institutions that had started as trusts or colleges but graduated to universities will also be considered. According to news from sources such moves would strengthen the power of traditional Indian education system and a new move will be taken to restore the traditional heritage of India.

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