REGULATION NO. 16
UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,
New Delhi - 110 002
March 11, 1985
In exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (f) of sub-section (a) of Section 26 of the
University Grants Commission Act. 1956 (No. 3 of 1956), the University Grants Commission
following regulations, namely :-
title, application and commencement :
(1) These regulations may be called the University Grants
Commission ( the minimum standards of instructions for
the grant of the first degree through formal education in the faculties of Arts
Humanities, Fine Arts, Music, Social
Sciences, Commerce and Sciences) Regulations, 1985.
(2) They shall apply to every University established or incorporated by
or under a Central Act, Provincial Act or
a State Act, and all Institutions recognised under clause (f) of Section 2 of the
University Grants Commission
Act, 1956 and every Institution deemed to be university under Section 3 of the said Act.
(3) They shall come into force on June 1, 1985.
2. Admission/Students :
(1) No student shall be eligible for admission to the Ist Degree
Course in these faculties unless he succesfully
completed 12 years schooling through an examination conducted by a board/University. The
admission shall be
made on merit on the basis of criteria notified by the Institutions after taking into
account the reservation order
issued by the government from time to time.
(2) Student enrolment shall be in accordance with the number of
teachers and physical facilities available.
(3) No student shall be eligible for the award of the first degree
unless he has successfully completed a three year
course; this degree may be called the B.A./B.Sc./B.Com (Honours) degree as the case may
Provided that no student shall be eligible to seek admission to the Master;s Course in
who has not successfully pursued the first Degree Course of three years duration ;
Provided further that where the universities are unable to change over to a three year
may, as a transitory measure, award a B.A./B.Sc./B/.Com (Pass) degree on uccessful
completion of a two year
course, but that no student of this stream shall be eligible admission to the
Masters Course unless he has
undergone a further one year bridge course and passed the same.
(1) Every University enrolling students for the Ist Degree course
shall ensure that the number of actual teaching
days does not go below 180 in an academic year.
The working days shall
exclude holidays and vacations, the time set apart for completing normal
admission, time required for the preparation and conduct of examinations but shall include
the days on
which classes such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals etc. are held or
(2) The total periods provided in the time table shall not be less
than 40 clock hours a week. The time-table on
working days shall be so drawn up that physical facilities are adequately utilized, and
not used only for a few
hours a day.
(3) The University shall not only lay down the syllabus for each course
but also the manner of its implementation,
namely, through number of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, seminars, field work,
projects etc. Students
shall be encouraged to study some part of the syllabus themselves shall be given
assignments so as to make them
use the library or laboratory etc.
(4) When student offers a combination of courses -
(i) It shall be ensured
that the total weekly work load on the student is not more than 30 clock hours a
week, thus enabling him to undertake some study at his own initiative or to prepare his
(ii) the total work
load ona student shall also be adequate so as to keep him busy ;
(iii) lectures shall be
supplemented by tutorials and/or problem solving sessions (which shall be around
25% of the lecture work load), term papers etc., so that a student derives maximum benefit
programme of study.
(5) Minimum number of lectures, tutorials, seminars, practicals etc.,
which a student shall be required to attend
before being eligible for appearing at the examinations shall be as prescribed by the
University which on an
average shall not be less than 75% of the total number of lectures, tutorials, seminars,
(1) The University shall adopt the guidelines issued by the
University Grants Commission from time to time in
regared to the conduct of examination.
(2) There shall be both continuous sessional evaluation in addition to
semester/year in examination. The marks or
grade obtained in continuous sessional evaluation shall be shown separately in the grade
card along with
percentile ranking. Each grade card shall indicate the name of the college from which the
candidate appeared in
the examination. Further more, the University shall develop a dependable system of checks
and controls on
marks or grades awarded insessional work.
Percentile rank refers to the percentage of
all the examinees in the course who had the same or higher percentage
of marks or grade in the examination.
(3) The examination question papers shall be framed so as to ensure
that no part of the syllabus is left out of study
by a student.
(4) No semester/year-end examination shall be held unless the
university is satisfied that atleast 73% of the course
work indicated under sub-regulation 3 (3) has been actually conducted.
(1) No teacher shall be appointed who does not fulfill the minimum
qualifications prescribed for recruitment as per
University Grants Commission (Qualifications required of a person to be appointed to the
teaching staff ofa
University or other Institutions affiliated to it, Regulations 1982) notified under
Section 26 (i)(2) of the University
Grants Commission Act, 1956.
(2) Every teacher shall be available in the institution on a working
day during the period prescribed and shall in
addition to participating in teaching as indicated in sub-regulation 3 (3) undertake
examination/ test/ evaluation/
invigilation work, general assistance to students in removing their academic difficulties,
and participate in
extra-curricular and institutional support activities, as required.
(3) The work load of a teacher shall take into account teaching,
research and extension activities, preparation of
lessons, evaluation of assignments, term papers etc., and shall be in accordance with the
guidelines issued by the
University Grants Commission from time to time.
Provided that the time spent on extension work where it forms an intergral part of
the course prescribed
shall count towards the teaching load :
Provided further that no teacher shall be expected to lecture for more than three clock
hours per day.
(4) The number of full-time and/or part time teachers shall be
provided, keeping in view the total institutional work
load as provided in sub regulation 3 (5), teachers work load in sub regulation 5 (3) and
class size in sub
regulations 6 and 6 (2).
(5) The group for tutorials shall not normally be more than 15 or 20
(6) A teacher shall not be expected to supervise more than 20-25
students ina baloratory class.
6. Physical facilities :
(1) Every University shall pay down norms in respect of
class-rooms, laboratories, library, canteen/cafetaria,
hostel accommodation etc., and all institutions admitted to its previleges shall adhere to
the same the University
while prescribing these facilities as a condition of affiliation, shall keep in view that
guidelines of the University
Grants Commission in this regard.
(2) The lecture-classes shall normally not exceed 80 students, unless,
in special cases, the university has
accommodation for larger classes and makes available audiovisual anangements for effective
accomparied by tutorial classes.
Every University shall furnish to the University Grants Commission information
relating to the
abservance of these regulations in the form prescribed for the purpose. The information
shall be supplied
to the University Grants Commission within 60 days of the close of the academic year.