St Agnes College, Mangaluru has received 'College of Excellence' status from the University Grant Commission (UGC) With this, the college becomes the only educational institution under Mangalore University, third in the state and 18th college in India to receive this prestigious tag.
The new status will help the college to upgrade its facilities like laboratory, equipment and help it organise seminar and workshops. "The new status aims at improving quality education at the institution level which includes both UG and PG courses,".
Under the new status, the college will receive Rs 2 crore funding to be spent over a five-year period for specific purposes from UGC, the apex governing body for universities.
The college had the honour of being awarded a 'Five Star' grade in 1999 and 'A' Grade in the following re-accreditation processes in 2005 and in 2012 with GCPA 3.53. The college also received status of 'College with Potential for Excellence' from UGC in 2006.
The UGC declared the college as 'College of Excellence' on February 8.The grants received from UGC will be utilised under four heads that include: Agnes Ignite Centre, Agnes Research Centre, Agnes Towards Community and Agnes Women's Centre.