The University Grants Commission (UGC) has selected two universities from state – Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University (BRABU) and Purnea University – as its academic partners under the recently launched ‘Paramarsh’ scheme.
‘Paramarsh’ is a flagship programme of the UGC, launched by Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on July 18. Initially, 71 universities and 391 colleges with NAAC grade-A and above have been selected under the programme, which will mentor five colleges each.
Vice-chancellor of the two universities, Rajesh Singh, said proposals for becoming mentors from more institutions have been invited by the UGC under the scheme.
The parameters for becoming mentors include teaching-learning and evaluation, infrastructure and learning resources, research, innovation and extension, curricular aspects, governance, leadership and management, student support and progression, institutional values and best practices.
Describing ‘Paramarsh’ as an important scheme, Singh said the UGC has put a thrust on improving the global ranking of the Indian higher education institutions.
Talking about the eligibility criteria for becoming mentor, the VC said, “The guidelines laid down by the UGC state that the mentor and the mentee can be government-aided, private or self-financing institutions. The mentor institution should be NAAC accredited with an A grade, having an overall score of 3.26 and above. Since the grants from UGC will be used for mentoring the institution and not for creation of infrastructure, private institutions can also receive funds.”
Singh said the objective of Paramarsh programme is improving the quality of education. “The scheme will also help students in various ways. Under the scheme, financial assistance will be provided to the mentoring institutions. It also has the option of appointing an expert, who can be paid a fellowship amount of Rs 31,000 per month,” he said.