In 1980s University Grants Commission introduced the concept of College Development Council (CDC) with a vision to set up an effective interface between the UGC and the colleges affiliated to various universities under it. The mission entrusted with the CDCs at University level was to facilitate effective implementation of development plans of the UGC and universities for quality improvement of colleges and other affiliated institutions. Given the exponential growth of Indian higher education system with fast increasing affiliated colleges, innovative teaching and learning methods, change in pedagogical perspectives as well as the challenges emerged out of socio-political and economic policies in relation to education, the CDCs are now turned to be vital forces that frame collegiate education policies aiming at inclusive quality education, in tune with national education policy.


The College Development Council of the University of Calicut was set up in 1986 with the financial support of the University Grants Commission. Now that, the CDC at the University completed 25 glorious years of service. It serves as link between the colleges and the University, and between the University and the UGC.




1: Interface Between Colleges & University


  • Affiliation of new colleges, Continuation of affiliation existing colleges,, granting permanent affiliation, permitting new programmes and permanent and marginal increase of seats.
  • Regulating  and collecting fee levied from colleges


    2:Gateway to University Grants Commission


  • Managing the UGC schemes like minor and major research projects, UGC financial assistance to colleges, facilitative UGC career oriented courses, unassigned grants, development assistance,  appointment of visiting professors, emeritus professors, faculty improvement programmes, Inclusion of Colleges under 2(f) & 12 (B) Act of UGC etc. 

    3:Quality Improvement of College Level Education


  • Assisting the University administrative and academic bodies like syndicate and academic council to frame rules related to admission to various UG and PG programmes, grace marks in various categories, fixation of fees.
  • Conduct of interface meetings, faculty recharge programmes, sensitizing the college faculties and managements of the funding avenues and agencies and the new trends in higher education through consultation and awareness programmes.




Dr. Santhosh Nampy.
College Development Council

University of Calicut