Higher Education

Higher Education

JJ arts, architecture colleges get autonomy, but with riders

PUBLISH DATE 8th March 2017

Four months after the state cabinet announced autonomy for the three institutes on the landmark JJ campus in Fort, the government issued a resolution officially granting the status. Thus, JJ Schools of Applied Arts, Fine Arts and Architecture have attained autonomous status in academics, finances and administration.The 160-year-old campus can now design its own curriculum and offer programmes, and can independently raise funds. But the terms and conditions under which autonomy has been granted may not be favourable for the institutes. The state has asked the institutes to hold events, exhibitions and hobby classes. One clause is that after expenses on such events, 50% of the balance should be given to the state. All three institutes will have to set aside corpus for achieving “international standards“. Governance will be taken care of by a governing council, comprising “renowned“ artists and architects, and academics. The state will appoint five of the 15 council members. The institutes can invite artists of national and international repute to teach. Though the institutes can create new posts, their salaries will have to be borne from the funds it raises. The state will provide salaries only of its approved teaching and non-teaching staff, that too through the public service commission process. “The recruitment process for the approved posts still remains with the state government,“ said a source associated with the institute. The GR says the fee structure can be decided by the institute. A source said some of the conditions under which autonomy has been granted are not acceptable and the institute would approach the state government to seek modifications.An official from the higher and technical education department said the government has followed UGC guidelines in taking the decision. The institutes will come to enjoy their new status after the UGC's nod.