An autonomous university typically refers to a university that exercises independent control over its day-to-day operations and curriculum. It is generally associated with universities or institutions and implies that the sponsoring state does not have control over academic matters of the school.
The aim behind giving colleges freedom was to encourage excellence. But that does not seem to be happening. Instead, a few are found profiteering. Experts say it’s time for supervision.
In the wake of irregularity complaints in the State’s autonomous institutions, higher education Minister Mr. G.T.Devegowda has decided to review the functioning of these autonomous colleges.
The irregularities are pertaining to syllabus, standard of education, infrastructure, high fee structure and examinations.
The higher education Minister, as pro-chancellor of Karnataka State Universities has the power to ensure standards are maintained, as prescribed by the law. The Minister can also raise the matter to be taken up with the higher education Council.
The autonomous institutions are covered by the University Grants Commission (UGC) Regulations on autonomous colleges 2018 and the State Government has very little power in their functioning, the higher education department brought the irregularities to the notice of former Vice-chancellors and registrars.