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No university set up Mahatma Gandhi chair despite UGC nod: HRD


PTI Last Updated at 11 Aug 2018, 13:08 IST India
No university set up Mahatma Gandhi chair despite UGC nod: HRD
  • No university in the country has established Mahatma Gandhi chair despite the nod from the University Grants Commission (UGC), according to HRD Ministry officials. (Image Credit: Twitter)

No university in the country has established Mahatma Gandhi chair despite the nod from the University Grants Commission (UGC), according to HRD Ministry officials.

In order to enrich the academic resources of the university system, the UGC has formulated a scheme for the establishment of chairs in universities in the name of Nobel laureates, illustrious persons and persons of eminence in areas of their outstanding contributions.

"Mahatma Gandhi chair is one of the chairs approved by the UGC in the subjects or areas of peace and non-violence, freedom movement and national integration. However, Mahatma Gandhi chair has not been established in any university and no proposal was received by UGC from any varsity in this regard," a senior HRD Ministry official said.

However, students have been interested in Gandhian studies and have enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate, M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes in the subject in recent years.

According to official statistic, 419 students enrolled themselves in Uthe G programme in Gandhian studies for 2017-18 while the number of students enrolled in PG, M.Phil, and Ph.D. was 796, 51 and 78 respectively. 17 Ph.D. degrees were awarded during the session.

The number of students who enrolled in the said programmes during 2016-17 was UG (321), PG (746), M.Phil (67) and Ph.D. (113). The number of Ph.D. degrees awarded during the session was 38.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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