The government will soon appoint a new president of the UGC

NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Education is expected to appoint a new UGC president within a month. The names of any central or state government official will not be considered for the post.

This senior UGC position could be considered for prominent innovators and people who can implement National Education Policy (NEP) in higher education institutions.

The term of DP Singh, the current chair of the University Grants Commission (UGC), ends the first week of December. With this in mind, UGC could acquire a new president by the end of December.

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According to the Ministry of Education, certain standards have been set for the appointment of the new president.

In accordance with these standards, preference for the position will be given to someone with overall innovation experience. In addition, the age of the applicant must be less than 60 years. The term of office of the president of the UGC is five years or until the age of 65, whichever comes first.

The Ministry of Education has issued the notification for the selection of the president of the UGC. According to the notification, nominations for the post of President of the UGC can be submitted until November 30. The selection committee may also examine the name of any eligible person other than the applications received.

UGC strives to improve quality and standard. It gives full grants to central universities and development grants to various state universities. It provides financial assistance for the development of existing postgraduate departments and start-up departments in various universities and colleges. It also determines the salary scale for college and university teachers.

The UGC was established on December 28, 1953 and became a statutory organization of the government in 1956 to coordinate, determine and maintain standards of teaching, examination and research in universities.

It was officially established in November 1956 as a statutory body of the government to coordinate, determine and maintain the standards of university education in the country. To ensure effective zonal coverage across the country, the University Grants Commission has six regional offices in Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bhopal, Guwahati and Bangalore.

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