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A Case Study

How UGC Handles Higher Education

The Centre for Advanced Study in Mathematics at the University of Mumbai was established in the early 1960s. It was closed down by the UGC in February last year. The manner in which the decision was taken and the UGC's refusal to disclose, much less discuss, the reasons for the decision illuminate the functioning of the UGC as the apex organisation of higher education in the country.

An example of the way UGC functions needs to be widely known to the general academic community in the country. The Centre for Advanced Study in Mathematics at University of Mumbai was established in the early 1960s. It was closed with a letter to the registrar of the university dated February 29, 2000 from the education officer of the UGC with the following short paragraphs:

 

I am directed to refer to the visit of the review committee to review the performance of the Department of Mathematics of your university under CAS programme on February 1-2, 2000, and to say that on the basis of the observations/recommendation of the Review Committee, UGC has decided to discontinue the CAS programme in the above department with immediate effect.

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