The UGC has granted ‘heritage’ status to 19 colleges which are more than 100 years old, with the aim of conserving college campuses.
In 2013, the Central Government brought forward the idea of granting a ‘heritage’ status to a few colleges so that their campuses could be upgraded and academic disciplines be improved. Now, in what is being called the ‘Heritage College Scheme‘, the University Grants Commission (UGC) received proposals from 60 colleges for the heritage tag, out of which 19 have been selected and granted financial aid.
All the colleges are more than 100 years old and a Selection Committee has approved of granting the status to 19 of them.
The beneficiaries are:
- St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
- CMS College, Kottayam
- St. Joseph College, Trichy
- Khalsa College, Amritsar
- St. Bede’s College, Shimla
- Christ Church College, Kanpur
- Old Agra College, Agra
- Meerut College, Meerut
- Langat Singh College, Muzaffarpur, Bihar
- Govt.Brennan College, Kerala
- University College, Mangalore
- Cotton College, Guwahati
- Midnapore College, West Bengal
- Govt. Medical Science, Jabalpur
- Deccan Education Society’s Fergusson College, Pune
- Hislop College, Nagpur
- Govt. Gandhi Memorial Science College, Jammu
- Kanya Mahavidyalya, Jalandhar
- St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata
The grant differs from college to college, with the maximum financial aid being Rs. 4.35 crore which has been given to Cotton College of Guwahati. Langat Singh College has received Rs. 15 lakh for upgradation to a digital library. Meerut College is receiving 1.35 crores which will be used in their art gallery and geological museum. St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai is a recipient of the sum of 1.53 crores. The funds are expected to be used for conservation work and to run diploma and certificate courses in ‘Maintaining Heritage of India‘.
A few notable colleges that were not included in the list of 19 are TNB College, Bhagalpur; St John’s College, Bareilly; Shiv Sanatan Dharm Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, Sultanpur (UP); Darwin Christian College, Allahabad; Vasanta College for Women, Varanasi and DAV College, Dehradun.
The UGC will now also evaluate 160 fresh proposals that have been sent to the commission.