UGC - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   As per the decision of which body, a college principal can get one more term after a 5 year tenure?

a. MHRD
b. Ministry of Education
c. UGC
d. IGNOU
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: UGC

Explanation:
The University Grants Commission (UGC) in one of the important decisions has said that a college principal can get one more term after completion of his/her five-year tenure.

This was following the constitution of the external peer review committee. The framework of the external peer review shall be specified by the UGC.

UGC regulations on (Minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges and measures for the maintenance of standards in higher education) Regulations, 2010 dated June 30, 2010, were notified on September 18, 2010. It said that clauses 5.6.1 (d) of these regulations have been amended.

UGC

  • Stands for University Grants Commission.
  • Secretary: Jaspal Sandhu
  • Location: UDSC, Benito Juarez Road, Delhi.
  • Formed: 1956
  • Statutory body set up by GOI.


2)   University Grants Commission has asked colleges and universities across the world to include transgender as the third gender in which scheme?

a. Gender ambassadors
b. Gender champions
c. Gender reps
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Gender champions

Explanation:
The University Grants Commission has asked universities and colleges across the nation to include the transgender as the third gender within the scheme of gender champions.

  • UGC had asked the institutes to appoint gender champions to foster equal treatment for all genders on the campus
  • The elected champions will catch cases of gender bias if any


3)   UGC has established a committee to study aspects of off-campus centres established by some institutions deemed to be universities without its prior approval or that of the HRD ministry. Who are its members?

a. Prof. H Devaraj
b. Amartya Sen
c. Prof Mohammad Miyan
d. Both a and c
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and c

Explanation:
The committee would comprise UGC members Prof H Devaraj, Prof Mohammad Miyan, Prof Sanjay Govind Dhande and Dr KN Shanti apart from a member convener. UGC has issued notice for several deemed universities which have set up off campus centres without approval from before.