India is a developing nation but it is also home to a booming education industry. An increasing number of students are interested in pursuing higher education has contributed to this growth. Education industry has always proven to be a profitable sector and considered as one of the fastest growing markets.

Opening a college is a big step and a time consuming process that requires a lot of research and thorough knowledge of the process. Here are the guidelines for opening a college in your area.

Form a committee – The first and the most basic step that you need to undertake before opening a college is the formation of a committee. The committee members should be expert individuals with relevant knowledge and experience in the education sector.  The members should be willing to contribute time and financial support to the institution.

Register your committee – The next step is to register your committee as a society under Societies Recognition Act, 1860. For this, you can hire a lawyer who can help with completing the legal formalities.

Obtain a No Objection Certificate – Make sure that you obtain “No Objection Certificate” from the Directorate of Higher Education (DoHE). The college authorities also need to renew this NOC every year.

Search for the Land – After obtaining the NOC from DoHE, a request will be forwarded to Delhi Development Authority (DDA) regarding purchase of land.

Apply for the Affiliation – Once the college is established and building is ready, it has to be affiliated to a recognized university. An application form is to be filled with all the norms and rules decided by the concerned university and a fixed amount have to be paid to the university.

Get Approval to Offer Courses – All the colleges offering professional courses are required to get the approval by the concerned council like Bar Council for law college, the Medical Council of India for medical college, etc.

Follow UGC Norms and Guidelines – It is important to follow the guidelines that are laid down by University Grants Commission (UGC). This government body decides the pay scale of the staff members, model syllabus, etc.

So, these are some basic guidelines to open a college in your city. You can also take help from experts or start researching on your own. While doing so, you should explore the benefits of opening a college, facilities and courses in demand etc.

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