Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar, Jul 6:
The Odisha govt will soon send a letter to all government and private colleges in the state through Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) to upload all necessary information on their websites,” said a senior official of Technical Education Department.
In its continuing effort to help students make informed decision on choosing institutions while pursuing higher education, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed colleges and universities to display their detailed fee structure, faculty member details, research outputs and placement record on their websites.
Many colleges and universities, however, are yet to receive the UGC missive.
“We have not received the UGC guidelines so far. However, we will follow whatever UGC asks us to do,” said Vice Chancellor of Utkal University Ashok Das.
Colleges have been asked by UGC to provide the structure of fee charged for each course along with other funds collected from students like institutional development, details of student grievance mechanism, the name of the nodal officer for students’ facilitation services, scholarships available in the institution and accreditation ranking of the institution.
Besides, the colleges have also been asked to upload details like calendar of activities, academic calendar and other facilities available in the college like hostels, transport, relevant approvals from statutory bodies etc.
“The structure of the fee charged for each course along with other funds like institutional development should be posted on the website. UGC desires that for the benefit of the students who seek admission in your esteemed university, colleges, it would be appropriate that all relevant information regarding your institution should be displayed on the website,” said UGC in a communication to the Vice Chancellors of colleges on the eve of the upcoming admission season.
There had been several complaints about institutes either hiding or giving misleading information on tuition fees and other expenses. Several advocacy groups had also been demanding transparency in the fee structure by colleges and demanding penalty for institutes that fail to adhere to the norms.
Institutes have been asked to submit an action taken report within 15 days.