Pressure mounts on TN Universities, National Education Policy

Pressure continues to go for the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Tamil Nadu, as University Grants Commission (UGC) has further increased its power to implement the New Education Policy (NEP) by sending additional circulars to the universities and colleges in the State. Tamil Nadu government is yet to announce State’s stance officially for the implementation of the policy.  

A high-level expert committee comprising academicians and authorities were long back formed to advise the government on the thrust areas in the NEP a couple of months ago. The UGC has sent several circulars directly to the universities and colleges by asking vice-chancellors and principals to implement the NEP through various programmes with the latest one was to undertake research projects and publications related to play integrated learning. A warning to the institutions in the State were given by the UGC that funds will be frozen if the NEP activities were not implemented. 

“As many vice-chancellors of universities and principals of several colleges across the State have already complained with regard to UGC’s series of circulars forcing to implement NEP, the authorities here had initiated contact with the person concerned in the UGC,” a senior official from the Higher Education Department told. The institutions were asked to consult the state authorities concerned on implementation, the official said that when the government will be releasing its stance on NEP, the issues will be solved.

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