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What is the difference between an autonomous and non-autonomous college?

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What is an autonomous college? Read this blog to know more about an autonomous college and how it can benefit you in the long run.

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What is an autonomous college?

Colleges that receive a score of 3.51 or higher on a scale of 0 to 4, or colleges accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) in three or more programmes with scores of 750 or more in each programme, are automatically eligible for autonomy, according to the rules and standards of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Moreover, an autonomous college can design and control its curriculum and academic transactions. 


What is a non-autonomous college?

A non-autonomous college functions by its affiliation with a university. It is not the college but the parent university that awards the degree. College is just a medium for attaining that particular degree. The exams are conducted following the university guidelines and evaluated by the same.


So, what are the benefits of studying in an autonomous college?


A flexible curriculum

The board of directors who run an autonomous college have a firm grasp of the curriculum. It helps them to plan the curriculum with ease and design it in such a way that benefits the students.


Admission Process Made Easy

The principal of an autonomous college is the decision-maker for student admissions. The admission process is stress-free and doesn't involve much documentation.



Examination Pattern

As per the policies by autonomous colleges, the exam papers are designed by the college, and they have more authority over the question papers.


Whereas in non-autonomous colleges, the exam papers are designed by the University and adhere to the university policies. 


How can an autonomous ranking benefit the students and college?
The college can function under its procedures and formalities without interference from the university. Additionally, there are events, symposiums, and guest lectures arranged to provide knowledge and expertise in respective fields.


Hence, the curriculum of an autonomous institution helps students stay updated with the new trends and eases the progression for the student right from entry to successful placements.


Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College (SREC) is an autonomous institution that offers 12 UG programmes and 7 PG programmes. Our programmes are well structured to meet the growing demand for professionals to address the emerging problems in the world.



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