The University Grants Commission, which was in the limelight after its June 16 notice, is gaining some heat. On Tuesday, it published its list on public domain, which comprises recommended institutions in the country to set up Deendayal Upadhyay Kaushal Kendras. A total of eight institutions have been selected from Tamil Nadu.
In January 2015, UGC called for proposals from institutions across the country. A total of 708 institutions had applied for grants from the UGC this year.
The apex body has recommended 48 institutions across the country under the government and aided category, while 17 in the self-financed category.
The eight institutions selected for the grant under the government and aided category are: Bharathidasan University (Trichy), Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science (Coimbatore), Gandhigram Rural Institute of Tamil Nadu (Gandhigram), Vivekanand College (Kanyakumari), Loyola College (Chennai), Dr N G P Arts and Science College (Coimbatore), Sri Ramakrishna College of Arts and Science for Women (Coimbatore) and S N S College of Technology (Coimbatore).
While most of the government-supervised institutions have received funds from the UGC for commencing its vocational centres, on the other hand self-financing institutions keeping in mind monetary issue have to work out their way to set up the Kaushal Kendras.
“We are happy to have been recommended as one of the 65 institutions in the country. But, we have to now look for funds to construct the centre and install the necessary infrastructure for the centres”, said, S Savithitri, Sri Ramakrishna College of Arts and Science Principal.