University Grants Commission (India)

The University Grants Commission of India (UGC India) is a statutory body set up by the Indian Union government in accordance to the UGC Act 1956[1] under Ministry of Human Resource Development, and is charged with coordination, determination and maintenance of standards of higher education. It provides recognition to universities in India, and disbursements of funds to such recognised universities and colleges. Its headquarters is in New Delhi, and has six regional centres in Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Bangalore.[2][3]

University Grants Commission
University Grants Commission Logo
MottoGyan-Vigyan Vimuktaye (Knowledge Liberates)
Formation28 December 1953 (28 December 1953)
HeadquartersNew Delhi
D.P. Singh
AffiliationsDepartment of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, NCERT

UGC is modelled after University Grants Committee of UK which was an advisory committee of the British government and advised on the distribution of grant funding amongst the British universities. The committee was in existence from 1919 until 1989.


The UGC was first formed in 1945 to oversee the work of the three Central Universities of Aligarh, Banaras and Delhi. Its responsibility was extended in 1947 to cover all Indian universities.[4]

In August 1949 a recommendation was made to reconstitute the UGC along similar lines to the University Grants Committee of the United kingdom. This recommendation was made by the University Education Commission of 1948-1949 which was set up under the chairmanship of S. Radhakrishnan "to report on Indian university education and suggest improvements and extensions".[5][6] In 1952 the government decided that all grants to universities and higher learning institutions should be handled by the UGC. Subsequently, an inauguration was held on 28 December 1953 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the Minister of Education, Natural Resources and Scientific Research.

In November 1956 the UGC became a statutory body upon the passing of the "University Grants Commission Act, 1956" by the Indian Parliament.[1]

In 1994 and 1995 the UGC decentralised its operations by setting up six regional centres at Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bhopal, Guwahati and Bangalore.[7] The head office of the UGC is located at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in New Delhi, with two additional bureaus operating from 35, Feroze Shah Road and the South Campus of University of Delhi as well.[8]

In December 2015 the Indian government set a National Institutional of Ranking Framework under UGC which will rank all educational institutes by April 2016.[9]

In December 2017 D.P. Singh, former director of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), was appointed chairman for a period of five years, replacing UGC member Virander Singh Chauhan, who officiated the position since the retirement of Ved Prakash in April 2017.[10]

Types of universities

The types of universities controlled by the UGC include:

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has also released the list of 24 fake Universities operating in India. UGC has said that these 24 self-styled, unrecognized institutions functioning in contravention of the UGC Act have been declared as fake and are not entitled to confer any degrees.[18]

Professional councils

UGC, along with CSIR currently conducts NET for appointments of teachers in colleges and universities.[19] It has made NET qualification mandatory for teaching at Graduation level and at Post Graduation level since July 2009. However, those with Ph.D are given five percent relaxation.

Accreditation for higher learning over Universities under the aegis of University Grants Commission is overseen by following fifteen autonomous statutory institutions :[20][21]


In 2009, the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Kapil Sibal made known the government of India's plans to consider the closing down of the UGC and the related body All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), in favour of a higher regulatory body with more sweeping powers.[22] This goal, proposed by the Higher Education and Research (HE&R) Bill, 2011, intends to replace the UGC with a "National Commission for Higher Education & Research (NCHER)" "for determination, coordination, maintenance and continued enhancement of standards of higher education and research".[23] The bill proposes absorbing the UGC and other academic agencies into this new organisation. Those agencies involved in medicine and law would be exempt from this merger "to set minimum standards for medical and legal education leading to professional practice".[24] The bill has received opposition from the local governments of the Indian states of Bihar, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, but has received general support.[23]

On 27 June 2018, the Ministry of Human Resource Development announced its plans to repeal the UGC Act, 1956. A bill is expected to be introduced in the 2018 monsoon session of the Parliament, which if passed will lead to the dissolution of the UGC. The bill also stipulates formation of a new body, the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI).[25][26]

See also


  1. "UGC Act-1956" (PDF). Secretary, University Grants Commission. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  2. University Grants Commission Govt. of India website.
  3. "University Grants Commission - Genesis". University Grants Commission. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  4. "Introduction to the university education commission of 1948". Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  5. Denny. "University Education Commission 1948-49 in India". YourArticleLibrary. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  6. "About Western Regional Office". University Grants Commission. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  7. "About Eastern Regional Office". University Grants Commission. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  8. "New ranking system portal goes online, UGC tells all varsities to register". The Times of India. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  9. "UGC appoints NAAC Director DP Singh as its new chairman". The Indian Express. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  10. "Central Universities". Union Human Resource Development Ministry. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  11. "Consolidated list of Central Universities as on 12.12.2018" (PDF). UGC. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  12. "List of State Universities as on 06.10.2017" (PDF). University Grants Commission. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  13. "Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IISST) Thiruvanathapuram Declared as Deemed to be University". Union Human Resource Development Ministry, Press Information Bureau. 14 July 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  14. "List of Institutions of higher education which have been declared as Deemed to be Universities as on 06.10.2017" (PDF). University Grants Commission. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  15. "Listing of Homi Bhabha National Institute as deemed university". University Grants Commission. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  16. "State-wise List of Private Universities as on 6.10.2017" (PDF). University Grants Commission. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  17. "UGC releases list of 24 fake universities". (Press release). University Grants Commission. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  18. "CSIR UGC 2013".
  19. "Higher education in India". Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2009.
  20. "Professional Councils". University Grants Commission. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  21. "UGC, AICTE to be scrapped: Sibal". Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  22. Reporter, BS (6 March 2013). "States oppose national panel for higher education and research". Business Standard. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  23. TNN (5 October 2013). "Major push to change the face of higher education". Times of India. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  24. Vishnoi, Anubhuti (28 June 2018). "Modi government to dissolve UGC, set up new Higher Education Commission". The Economic Times. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  25. IANS (28 June 2018). "HRD Ministry to replace UGC with Higher Education Commission of India". Business Standard India. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
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