The University Grants Commission (UGC) has in its efforts to retain the morale and productivity academic community, has urged them to provide constant guidance to the academic fraternity and inspire them to make productive use of the period of the nationwide lockdown as academic leaders, and utilise this period more creatively and purposefully.
The UGC in its endeavour to address the major challenges faced by the higher education system in India today, comprising employability of graduates, upholding state-of-the-art curriculum, enrichment and maintenance of quality teaching, research and services, adoption of ICT for teaching- learning and preparing the next generation as socially responsible citizens and leaders, has adopted UGC Quality Mandate for improving the quality in higher education institutions.
These initiatives as listed below are available in the form of guidelines and frameworks as e-books in downloadable format on the UGC website https://www.ugc.ac.in/ebook.aspx
Deeksharambh: Student Induction Programme (SIP).
LOCF: Learning Outcomes based Curriculum Framework for Undergraduate Education.
JEEVAN KAUSHAL: Curriculum for Life skills.
Social and Industry Connect: Fostering Social Responsibility & Community Engagement in HEIs in India.
CARE: Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (For Publication of Research Papers).
STRIDE: Scheme for Trans-Disciplinary Research for India's Developing Economy.
SATAT: Framework for Eco-friendly and Sustainable Campus Development.
MULYA PRAVAH: Guidelines for Inculcation of Human Values and Professional Ethics.
Evaluation Reforms in HEIs: Guidelines for reforms in evaluation & assessment systems.
GURUDAKSHTA: Faculty Induction Programme (FIP) for newly appointed faculty members.
PARAMARSH: Scheme for Mentoring NAAC Accreditation Aspirant Institutions to promote Quality Assurance in Higher Education.
The UGC has addressed the Vice Chancellors of Universities/Principals of Colleges to engage academic fraternity meaningfully and contribute towards intellectual wealth of the nation. It has also requested them to take appropriate action for developing institutional implementation plan for above-mentioned quality mandate initiatives by constituting a Task Group of 5-10 faculty members for each activity and share the same on University Activity Monitoring Portal, www.ugc.ac.in/uamp
The UGC has also informed that the e-book, ‘Governance in Higher Education: A Handbook for Vice-Chancellors’ is also available online.