Historic Khalsa College is now an Autonomous College, first amongst GNDU affiliated Colleges in state to have the status
`Autonomous’ Khalsa College is open to tie up with foreign universities
Amritsar, July 5
Eyeing upon upcoming foreign collaboration and students intake from abroad, the prestigious 121-year-old Khalsa College Amritsar (KCA) has become first amongst colleges affiliated with Guru Nanak Dev University, to be an `Autonomous College’ in the state. The status has been conferred by University Grants Commission (UGC), following rigorous evaluation process on College’s achievements in academic, sports, cultural arena, recognizing its role in dissemination of knowledge to society at large.
Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) President Satyajit Singh Majithia today said while addressing media persons here that they would like to collaborate with top educational institutions world over to meet the new academic requirement. He said it was a matter of pride for the institute to become autonomous in its working and they would have more academic independence, more financial security with more funds from UGC and freedom in framing new syllabi, courses or enhancing number of seats in various courses.
He said UGC sent high-powered inspection teams, which finally submitted the report recommending the status. He said they were open to tie up top educational institutions and colleges world over and would also initiate the distance learning in the days to come. He also reiterated the KCGC’s commitment to the rural and border areas for imparting the value based, professional education to empower them to earn livelihood in life.
Accompanied by KCGC honourary secretary Sardar Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, Mr. Majithia said the College administration will be run by a Governing Body to be headed by him in the capacity of KCGC President and it will have 12 members including nominees from the UGC, Government of Punjab, GNDU and KCGC. An educationist or industrialist will also be nominated by the management. He said the status was granted following the new scheme of the UGC under which the top colleges in the country will be given the Autonomous status.
Chhina said management applied for the status last year and UGC reviewed infrastructure, academic activity, financial status and academic achievements of the College for the evaluation before the status was given. Mr. Chhina said the College will benefit financially as it would get one and half times more grants from the UGC annually. He said the status was conferred following the meeting of the full bench of the UGC on May 10, 2013 and then formalities with regards to the GNDU in this connection were completed.
Majithia earlier said it was the untiring hard work by the management, Principal Dr.Daljit Singh and others staff members that the prestigious status was bestowed. Dr.Daljit Singh said the Standing Committee of the UGC made recommendations after the evaluations and the status was granted. He said the degrees and detail marks cards (DMCs) would be given by the GNDU itself but the examination would be conducted by the College itself.
Under the new scheme, teachers would also be benefitted as they would be part of the Academic Council, Board of Studies and Governing Body and thus they would be part of the corporate life of the college directly. He said the students would be immensely benefitted as they would be studying in an environment full of autonomy and freedom and College would achieve new heights in academic excellence.