• Autonomous
  • CPE
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Scheme of Autonomous College

Highlighting the importance of autonomous colleges, the UGC document on the XI Plan profile of higher education in India clearly states that: “The only safe and better way to improve the quality of undergraduate education is to the link most of the colleges from the affiliating structure. Colleges with academic and operative freedom are doing better and have more credibility. The financial support to such colleges boosts the concept of autonomy.”

Need for Autonomy
The affiliating system of colleges was originally designed when their number in a university was small. The university could then effectively oversee the working of the colleges, act as an examining body and award degrees on their behalf. The system has now become unwieldy and it is becoming increasingly difficult for a university to attend to the varied needs of individual colleges. The colleges do not have the freedom to modernize their curricula or make them locally relevant. The regulations of the university and its common system, governing all colleges alike, irrespective of their characteristic strengths, weaknesses and locations, have affected the academic development of individual colleges. Colleges that have the potential for offering programmes of a higher standard do not have the freedom to offer them. The 1964-66 Education Commission pointed out that the exercise of academic freedom by teachers is a crucial requirement for development of the intellectual climate of our country. Unless such a climate prevails, it is difficult to achieve excellence in our higher education system. With students, teachers and management being co-partners in raising the quality of higher education, it is imperative that they share a major responsibility. Hence, the Education Commission (1964-66) recommended college autonomy, which, in essence, is the instrument for promoting academic excellence.

The National Policy on Education (1986-92) formulated the following objectives for autonomous colleges. An autonomous college will have the freedom to:

  • Determine and prescribe its own courses of study and syllabi, and restructure and redesign the courses to suit local needs; and
  • Prescribe rules for admission in consonance with the reservation policy of the state government;
  • Evolve methods of assessment of students? performance, the conduct of examinations and notification of results;
  • Use modern tools of educational technology to achieve higher standards and greater creativity; and
  • Promote healthy practices such as community service, extension activities, projects for the benefit of the society at large, neighborhood programmes, etc

Autonomy to Sahyadri Science College

Sahyadri Science College in pursuit of offering quality education in the region of Malnad, has been striving hard to meet the ever changing requirements of contemporary education.  The college was accorded autonomous status in 2005 and was effective from the academic year 2006-07. The autonomous status was continued for the second term and is valid upto 2016-17.





            During the IX Plan period, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had introduced a Scheme called “University with Potential for Excellence” (UPE) to encourage selected Universities to reach world-class standards in their chosen domain(s) by providing additional funds to them under the Scheme. This has helped a few Universities to better their achievements during the IX and X Plan periods.

            Apart from universities, there are colleges in the country where teaching and research are of high quality. These colleges have achieved better standards of teaching and research by harnessing human and physical resources in innovative ways. Many of these colleges have potential for academic excellence. Recognizing the need to pay special attention to such colleges, the UGC introduced a Scheme, corresponding to the one for the Universities, during the X Plan called “College with Potential for Excellence” (CPE). This Scheme is to identify colleges which have attained high standards in teaching, research and extension activities and hold promise of excellence. A college selected under the CPE Scheme is provided substantial funds to improve and strengthen its infrastructure that would help it in attaining further higher academic standards.

Excellence refers to a state of exceptional or outstanding achievement in one’s field of activity. Excellence of an academic institution involves reaching outstanding levels of performance in teaching, research and related academic pursuits, and attaining peerless position in the areas offered for study and research. Excellence is achieved in stages through a process of continuous improvement in content and quality of the pursuits.
Committed academic community and adequate infrastructural facilities are essential ingredients of excellence. Often institutions with such potential merit need to be recognized and nurtured for the realization of their full potential.


  • To define and manage the processes included in the design, development, and delivery of the chosen academic programmes.
  • To strengthen the academic and physical infrastructure for achieving excellence in teaching, research and outreach programmes that would be comparable to global standards.
  • To promote flexible and effective governance.
  • To enhance the quality of the learning and teaching process at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels with the help of a flexible credit based modular system, and the whole range of innovations currently accepted globally.
  • To promote academic programmes relevant to the socio-economic needs of the nation in general, and the region in particular.
  • To improve undergraduate education in colleges by the interfacing of the postgraduate programmes.
  • To promote networking with University departments, research centres and laboratories in the country.
  • To promote skill oriented programmes.

The parameters for assisting the colleges under the Scheme are:

  • Transparency in admissions;
  • Consistent academic improvement;
  • Introduction of innovation in curriculum;
  • Strengthening of laboratories;
  • Improvement of the college library;
  • Use of IT and current technologies in respect of the academic and administrative activities of the college;
  • Students’ performance;
  • Students’ support and Governance;
  • Participation in sports and other co-curricular and extra-curricular activities by the students;
  • Retraining of teachers;
  • Improvement of tutorial system;
  • Improvement of examination system;
  • Research output;
  • Help provided to poor students;
  • Participation in community affairs;
  • Evidence of concern for environment;
  • Introduction of vocational courses and skill oriented programmes;
  • Any other relevant additional information

Sahyadri Science College has been conferred the status of "College with Potential for Excellence" by UGC under XI plan in the year 2010 for its comprehensive curricular and co-curricular activities and rewarded with generous grants for further progress.


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