Autonomy was granted to 60 institutes under a UGC regulation on ‘Categorisation of Universities for Grant of Graded Autonomy’. The selection of the institutes was done primarily on the basis of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) ratings.
Autonomy implies that these institutions will be free to start new courses, off-campus centres, skill development courses, research parks, and other academic programmes, while also being able to determine the fee structure, hire foreign faculty, allow a larger share of foreign students, give differential salaries to teachers and decide on fees.
The autonomy decision has been protested against by students and teachers of JNU and Delhi University.
In an engaging conversation with The New Leam, Dr Maya John who teaches History at Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi throws light on the significant issue of university autonomy and its possible repercussions on higher education in the nation.