O. P. Jindal Global University granted autonomy by the UGC

22 March 2018, New Delhi: O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) has been granted autonomous status by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under graded autonomy Regulations 2018. This announcement was made by the Union Human Resource Development Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar on 20 March. JGU has become the first and only private university in Haryana and also one among the two private universities in India to be granted autonomy.

In anendeavour to introduce a liberalised regime in the higher education sector andemphasizing the linking autonomy with quality, UGC and MHRD granted autonomy to52 universities, out of which 5 are central universities, 21 stateuniversities, 24 deemed and 2 private universities. There are more than 300private universities in India but only two have been granted this specialstatus, one of them being O.P. Jindal Global University. Significantly, none ofthe other reputed private universities or other such institutions in India havebeen granted the “autonomy” status in this historic recognition by theGovernment of India. 

Mr.Naveen Jindal,Founding Chancellor, O. P. Jindal Global University said, “This feat reiteratesJGU’s commitment to shaping India's aspirations of building world-classuniversities through comparative and international dimensions. We are gratefulto MHRD and UGC who have appreciated our endeavour. It is imperative for Indiato take stock of the state of its universities and redefine their roles in thefast-changing global scenario. It is time for India to join ranks withworld-class universities and improve the academic environment for our students. 

“Thisrecognition initiates a major paradigm shift that will mark the future ofIndian universities and encourage our pursuit of institutional excellence inhigher education. This is a big milestone in JGU’s journey and I wish tocongratulate all JGU stakeholders, including faculty members, students, staff,alumni, parents and the State Government of Haryana, as well as the regulatorybodies, for their support. Our Sincere thanks to Mr. Naveen Jindal, FoundingChancellor of JGU, for reposing trust and confidence in our ability tocontribute towards institution building. It is his vision, philanthropy anddrive that has culminated in this success,” said Prof C Raj Kumar,Founding Vice Chancellor, JGU. 

This statuswill allow the University the freedom to introduce new courses and departments,and enter into collaborations with foreign educational institutions, withoutseeking the UGC’s permission. There will also be exemption from regular UGCinspections, with appraisals being obtained on the basis of self-reporting.Besides, JGU will be allowed to hire global talent for up to 20% of their totalfaculty strength while filling up 20% of seats with international students.

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