functioning of autonomous colleges
V. Pala Prasada Rao1 and
Digumarti Bhaskara Rao2*
Kuppuswamy Choudary College, Guntur 522006, Andhra Pradesh,
College of Education, D-43 (277) S.V.N. Colony, Guntur 522
006, Andhra Pradesh, India.
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Accepted 4 January 2012
The college gets
separated from the university, though not completely, when
it is an autonomous college, which is practice in India.
Academic package will become flexible and the
decision-making is internalized, changes and updating could
be easily carried out, depending on the need as reflected
from the feedback taken from alumni, user sectors, among
others. Autonomy promotes academic culture unfettered from
the shackles of affiliated system. It is, however, baffling
to understand the reasons for the aversion for autonomous
system as evinced from some quarters of academic circles.
Even though many universities directed colleges to go for
autonomous system, most of the affiliated colleges have not
ventured to embrace autonomy perhaps fearing that it would
pose problems of governance. The knowledge has assumed the
form of intellectual property and countries imparting high
quality education can on their own emerge triumphant and
reap the fruits of the new GATT agreement. Indeed, the
agreement paved way for the globalization of economy and
this likely to lead globalization of higher education.
Foreign institutions can thrive when the autonomous
institutions lack the vigour and vision. Hence, these
institutions should equip themselves to stem in the tide of
invasion of foreign universities. It becomes imperative for
the autonomous institutions to reflect on the aspects
discussed and see for themselves how they can attempt at
them by evolving suitable strategies and strive to realize
the prescribed targets and avowed objectives of excellence.
After the analysis of the findings and discussion, we would,
finally, say that the college autonomy as a system is viable
and has many advantages. Nevertheless, individuals are an
inseparable part of it and, therefore, are the heart of a
system. It is upon their shoulders that the success of the
system rests. To put it squarely, individuals can either
make or mar the system. Like many other good systems,
College Autonomy will fail to realize the enshrined
objectives if individuals go bankrupt of ideas and are
lacking in sincerity of purpose, intellectual dynamism and
above all, discipline. If the stakeholders go wrong, then it
is not the failure of the system but the collective
inadequacy of the individuals. A system prospers or becomes
puerile because of the individuals who are the crux of it.
Key words: Autonomy, GATT, globalization, Academic