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                     UGC plans IIT-like brands for arts, commerce colleges
                     Sunday September 11 2005 00:00 IST

                     NEW DELHI: What Brand IIT is to technology, Brand
                     AIIMS to medicine and Brand IIM to management,
                     what's to science, commerce, literature, economics?
News
Top stories          At least for the first category, science, the Government
Sports               has found an answer. For the others, the University
Business
                     Grants Commission is looking for one.
Nation
Orissa
Infotech             The next Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) will select
NRIs                 students not only for the premier Indian Institutes of
All Headlines        Technology (IITs) but also for two new Indian Institutes
Southern             of Science Educational Research (IISER).
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Andhra Pradesh       Unlike the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and
Karnataka            the Cochin University of Science and Technology, which
Kerala
Tamil Nadu
                     are focused on research, the new institutes will admit
                     students for five-year integrated Master's programmes.
Cities               These institutes, in Pune and Kolkata, are meant to be
Bangalore            developed as brand names comparable to IITs, focusing
Chennai
Hyderabad
                     on undergraduate studies in the sciences.
Kochi
                     Said a senior Ministry official who is in charge of the
Features             project: “This will attract talent for pure science
Cinema               subjects where we have seen a steady dip in recent
Lifestyle &          years. They will be entirely autonomous.''
People
Education
Your day today       Infrastructure for the two institutes isn't up yet, “we
Health &             might start in rented buildings,'' the official said.
Science
Women's Life
                     Meanwhile, UGC has proposed to extend "branding" to
Youth
Travel               affiliated colleges as well. “If we have brands in
Flashback            management, medicine, technology and law, why can't
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Edits &              we have some brand colleges for general sciences,
Opinions             sociology or commerce? We have written to 20 select
First Editorial      universities in the country to come up with proposals
Second
                     on these lines,'' said V N Rajashekharan Pillai, Vice
Editorial
Main Article         Chairman of UGC.
Second Article
Time Out             Colleges thus chosen will be provided focused
Columns              budgetary support in infrastructure and faculty. Pillai
                     says he hopes this will be a reality over the next few
Classifieds          years. “One college in Jaipur could become a brand in
Lifemates
Careers
                     economics, another in Chennai could become a brand in
Tenders              commerce. The concept is to have focused budgetary
                     support in specific areas," Pillai said.
Place a
classified           UGC calculates that the value-addition possible in a
In our
newspapers
                     small-town college is much higher than is done in IITs
                     or IIScs where selected students are already of a high
Religion             standard. There are 16,000 affiliated colleges in India,
Spirituality &       and Pillai says developing even 10 colleges in each
Prosperity           state into the new format will revolutionise higher
Tirupati
Sabarimala
                     education in the country.

Newindpress          UGC surveys show that students enrolling for
on Sunday            undergraduate science courses after Class XII is
                     steadily decreasing: from 31 per cent in 1950s to
Free                 barely 20 per cent in the 1990s. And only a quarter of
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                     them complete the course.

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