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What are the quality assurance mechanisms established by University Grants Commission for higher education?
UGC is committed to maintain and improve the quality of higher education delivery in India. It has been working towards excellence through its various schemes and programmes in the past years. Financial support is the first step towards quality promotion in our universities. We have provided grants to more than 225 state universities apart from the central universities for maintaining the quality higher education standards in the states. The second initiative taken by the Commission is to promote Centres of Excellence. The concept aims to promote institutions of quality potential for excellence. We are planning for an additional 10 universities of excellence in the coming years. Provision for quality education to all, including students from poor and minorities will be the focus of higher education during the 11th Plan.

A dual grant scheme is planned for infrastructure upgradation and maintenance; also 56 Academic staff colleges for in-service faculty support the quality of teachers through regular courses and programmes. For pre-service teachers the NET examination system ensures the quality of faculty coming into the universities. NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) assesses universities and colleges along quality guidelines and standards followed by an accreditation procedure.

Hence since inception of the commission, UGC has developed an elaborate mechanism of quality assurance and quality check for its institutions of higher education.

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