UGC warns varsities to provide academic, admission & fee info on site

| Updated: 12 October, 2023 12:30 pm IST

NEW DELHI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a strict order directing universities to publish all basic information on their respective websites to avoid confusion for students.

The UGC has stated that “mandatory disclosures” must be included on the websites, along with all basic information.

The New Indian has accessed a list of minimum mandatory disclosures that universities must make, including information about the university, administration (profiles with photographs), academics, admission and fees, research, student support services, campus harmony and well-being, alumni, information corner, picture gallery, and contacts information.

The UGC has taken this measure to uphold transparency of individual institutions for students.

“We have found that the websites of several universities lack not only in providing basic minimum information related to their university but also at many a times their websites are not functional and updated. This causes a lot of inconveniences and uncertainty to the stakeholders,” said UGC chairman M Jagadesh Kumar.

“It would be prudent to desire from the Universities to provide basic minimum information and updated content on their website. We have prepared a check list of these information to be provided by the universities on their websites,” he added.

After a detailed discussion, the UGC has come out with a list of categories of information that must be disclosed on the websites of institutions.

In the admission and fee list, the UGC asserts that the “fee structure for various programs” and “fee refund policy” should also be on the website.

Important links should be given at the bottom or on the sides as persistent links.

The UGC is also planning to make the checklist public for comments and suggestions.

On the other hand, the UGC has released a list of 20 fake universities, including eight unrecognised institutes in Delhi alone. The rest of the unrecognised institutes are also functioning in states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Puducherry, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.

However, The New Indian has learnt that the UGC has not received any letters from the states on this till date.

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