Indian system of education has come in for some harsh criticisms in recent times. It definitely has its own set of flaws and shortcomings but there is no denying the fact that Indian standard of education is still better than some of the educational pattern followed around the world. Even in comparison to much advanced West, we are somewhat ahead when it comes to subjects like maths and science. The institutes of higher learning though possess some substantial problem primarily owing to their poor in infrastructure. And when we talk about infrastructure, it is wrong to assume that infrastructure is all about an institute’s building and how majestic or modern it looks from outside.
Infrastructure in fact is the sum total of an institute’s building and all the facilities it offers that will facilitate hassle free learning. An institute or a university can said to possess good infrastructure if it has state of the art classrooms, modern research labs, well-equipped workshops, good computer facility and most important of them all well-experienced faculty members.
There are some institutes who are found wanting when it comes to their overall infrastructure. The good news is that the overall situation is improving dramatically with authorised organisations and statutory bodies of the government ensuring that the education standards in India are maintained above certain benchmark levels.
University Grants Commission (UGC) is a constitutional organisation in India. In 1956, UGC was set up by the Union of Government. UGC holds the authority to approve the universities in India. It also funds the affiliated universities and colleges. UGC is controlled by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). It is the primary body responsible for monitoring, regulating, maintaining and promoting standards of university education in India.
It is therefore important that you study in UGC recognized universities in Uttar Pradesh or any other state. In fact a degree awarded by an institute or university not recognised by UGC holds no merit in India. The degree for all intents and purposes is worthless and you will not be allowed to sit for any competitive entrance examination in India.
Other important organizations contributing to the development of education system in India are National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
To know whether a particular university is recognised by UGC or not, you can visit its website. UGC’s website will contain all the details and name of universities recognised by it. UGC in order to ensure that everything goes on smoothly and according to plan and students face no hassle or become victims of misinformation have set up regional offices in Hyderabad, Delhi, Guwahati, Bhopal, Kolkata, Pune and Bangalore.
Importance of UGC recognised universities
In order to secure your future and ensure that the degree is worth all the money, time and hard-work you have put in acquiring it, it is important to study in a UGC approved university in UP or for that matter anywhere else in India. Degree in any discipline from a UGC recognised university is a symbol of authenticity and is accepted by all institutes in India. As mentioned above, you will only be eligible to sit for competitive entrance exams in India if you have a valid degree from a UGC recognized institute. Another important thing to note is that UGC recognizes apart from central and state universities, private and deemed universities as well. However, private universities are not allowed to affiliate and start-off any institute/college.