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Guard against floating of sub-standard institutions: UGC chief

 While recommending the establishment of new colleges for  higher education to meet the growing demand, University  Grants Commission (UGC) chairman Ved Prakash warned that it,  however, should not result in proliferation of sub-standard  institutions.

Speaking at the 13th convocation ceremony of the Bharati  Vidyapeeth on Saturday, Prof Prakash said, “As the size of  middle class is swelling, the demand for the higher education is  increasing by leaps and bounds. But this should not lead into  floating of sub-standard institutions. Otherwise, we will have  problems of large scale unemployment and severe shortage of  skilled workforce.”

Prakash advocated the need for an increase in government funding to improve quality of higher education.

“ Austerity measures have taken a heavy toll on the quality of higher education. The trends in the fundings should be reversed and public funding for higher education should be substantially increased. Public funding is not keeping pace with the growing enrollment,” said Prakash

Prakash underlined the need of engaging in interdisciplinary research.

“Sharing of resources for development of networking centres between universities and research institutions with cross disciplinary perspective should be promoted. This would also help maintain the quality of faculty and bringing diversity in the profile of University,” said Prakash.

Earlier, Prakash awarded gold medals to 29 students, doctorates to 40 and degrees to 6,718 students. Shivajirao Kadam, VC and founder of Vidyapeeth Patangrao Kadam was present on the occasion.

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