Powers and Functions of the Commission

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Chapter: Forensic Pharmacy : The University Grants Commission (U.G.C.) Act, 1956

The Commission is charged with following responsibilities.

Powers and Functions of the Commission:

The Commission, in consultation with the universities or other concerned bodies takes all such steps which are necessary for the promotion and co-ordination of higher education, determination and maintenance of standards of teaching, examinations and research in universities. The Commission is charged with following responsibilities.

(i) To enquire into financial needs of universities; allocate and disburse grants to universities, deemed to be universities and centers of excellence.

(ii) To advise any university on measures necessary for improvements of university education.

(iii) To advise Central and State Governments on allocation of any grants to the universities out of the Consolidated Fund of India or the State, as the case may be.

(iv) To advise any authority if asked for, on the establishment of a new university and on expansion activity of existing university.

(v) To collect information on all matters related to university education in India.

(vi) To advise Central Government or any State Government or Union Territory on any question referred to it and

(vii) To perform other necessary functions for advancing the cause of higher education in India.

The Section 12A of the Act deals with regulation of fees and prohibition of donation.

The university or the college is required to be approved by UGC under section 2 (f) and 12(B) for receiving grants.

The Commission prepares budget ensuing showing the estimated receipts and expenditure and forwards it to the Central Government. The Annual Report is prepared by the Commission once every year giving full account of its activities during previous year and the same is laid before both Houses of Parliament.

The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, makes Rules to the Act, while the Commission is empowered to make Regulations, consistent with this Act and Rules. The Commission shall be guided by the Central Government on policy matters relating to national purposes. In case of any dispute between Central Government and the Commission, the decision of the Central Government shall be final.

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