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UGC Strictly Instructs all HEIs to Focus on Student Employability

Published on Jun 13, 2019

The UGC Quality Mandate approved by the Commission on 24 th  May 2018, strictly instructs all HEIs to achieve the set objectives for improving the quality of higher education. The five-point objectives comprising the UGC mandate, are focussed on ensuring that students are employable, have essential skills and are better engaged with society and industry.

Setting Specific Goals as per UGC Mandate

  • Facilitate Access to jobs, self-employment and further education for 50% of those graduating.
  • Two-thirds of students to be engaged in socially productive activities during the course period
  • 75% of students to be primed with professional and soft skills to be prepared for the workplace
  • At no point, should teacher vacancies exceed 10% of total sanctioned strength
  • Mandatory accreditation of every institute by 2022 with a minimum score of 2.5 from the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC).

To begin with, the UGC Quality mandate is student-centric and aimed at improving overall graduate outcome so that the students when freshly out of college are job ready and possess the pre-requisites skills to be employed. However, UGC alarms the HEIs to play a proactive and significant role in ameliorating the current situation of student employability by incorporating global norms of education and nurturing the industry-academia connect.

Apparently, Institutions are expected to deliver a collaborative learning approach, where students are engaged in socially productive activities. Learning while doing provides students with an understanding of real-time problems of the industry and impel them to apply their learned theoretical knowledge. The UGC also urges every Institution to adopt at least 5 villages for exchange of knowledge and for the overall social/economic betterment of the village communities.

Secondly, the Institutions, as per this mandate, must adapt to the use of ICT based learning tools for effective teaching-learning process. HEIs should review the examinations reforms, promote research programmes and ensure an ongoing tracking of the students’ progress even after they graduate.

Additionally, it is mandatory for Institutions to conduct induction programmes for students and teachers and facilitate annual training programmes for the new and existing teachers with a strict code of conduct.

Finally, the mandate calls for an obligatory accreditation of every Institution by 2022 with a minimum score of 2.5 from the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC).  The non-accredited Institutions will be mentored so that they can get accreditation by 2022.

The UGC Quality mandate largely appears to bring a reformation in higher education, however, to accomplish the goal all Higher Education Institutions need a mammoth effort and stringent rules to bring this goal to fruition.