UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION (Syllabus GS Paper 2 – Education)

News-CRUX-10     12th June 2024        
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Context: University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to allow higher education institutions to admit students twice a year, starting from the next academic year.

University Grants Commission (UGC)

  • About: A regulatory body that oversees higher education in India.
  • Statutory body: A statutory body established by the Indian government in the year 1953, in conformity with the UGC Act 1956.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of the education department.


  • The University Grants Commission is to determine, coordinate, and maintain the standards of the teaching, examinations, and research pertaining to higher education.
  • The University Grants Commission provides accreditation to higher educational institutions and universities in India along with the provision of funds.


  • Determination of Standards: UGC is responsible for determining and maintaining the standards of university education across the country.
  • Funding: It provides financial assistance to universities and colleges and formulates schemes for the distribution of funds.
  • Recognition of Universities: UGC grants recognition to universities and colleges and maintains a list of recognized universities.
  • Coordination: UGC facilitates coordination and collaboration among universities and other educational institutions.
  • Quality Assessment: It conducts assessments and evaluations of universities to ensure quality education.
  • Granting Autonomy: UGC grants autonomy to universities and colleges based on their performance and adherence to quality standards.