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March 27, 2018 Tuesday 11:16:41 AM IST

Autonomy: UGC Faces Severe Backlash from Universities

Policy Indications

Agra: UGC's move to give autonomy to 62 universities is facing severe backlash from different Universities.  The recent to join the movement is AMUTA (Aligarh Muslim University Teachers Association). They extended their support to their counterparts in Delhi university. The Federation of Central University Teachers (FEDCUTA) is also in the group to raise their concerns.

As per the concern of the AMUTA, this move will lead to privatisation and trade in the higher education system. 

The members of the executive committee of AMU said that they were have granted "functional" autonomy by the act of Parliament since 1920. This policy of financial "autonomy" will provide total freedom in the hands of the heads of all autonomous institutions from the rules and regulations and would lead to the exploitation of teachers, non-teaching staff and students.

Members of executive committee of Aligarh Muslim University Teachers Association, passed a unanimous resolution demanding a roll back of the UGC’s decision that they say will provide "tools of exploitation" in the hands of the heads of the institutions.

The teachers fear that this will lead to total anarchy. This "autonomy" shall result in denial of education to those extremely vulnerable and backward groups that AMU has always tried to serve.

They asserted that the struggle to maintain and continue the "historically ordained minority character of the university" shall be an early casualty. "The ‘autonomy’ has nothing to do with the freedom to teach and learn and engage with ideas. This is an extremely arrogant step that violates the founding principles of Equity and Access in higher education for each and every one", they said.

Claiming that the "autonomous" policy is not suitable for public funded universities, the teachers said their objective is enhancement of social capital and that can never be linked to profit.

Same mode of opposition waves are getting generated in almost all universities who recently got the Autonomous rank.

(Source: The Times of India)