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UGC Releases Guidelines for Artists and Artisans-in-Residence in HEIs

According to the UGC, finding a balance between the preservation of art and living is a difficult undertaking. Finding art and art forms and linking them to the higher education system is a critical step in this path.

Art forms are an essential component of human civilisation, and for centuries, Kala Gurus (Artists-in-Residence/Artisans-in-Residence) have enlightened the art world. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued rules for the appointment of artists and artisans-in-residence in higher educational institutions (HEIs) in response to this.

According to the UGC, finding a balance between the preservation of art and livelihood is a difficult undertaking. An important step in this direction is the process of identifying art and art forms and connecting them to the higher education system.

Tentative list of the art forms

Handicrafts: (Pottery, Bamboo Art, Cane Work, Woodwork, Terracotta, Madhubani, Pichhwahi, Charkha Weaving, Mughal Wood Art, Stone, Bronze Work, Meenakari Work, Weaving, Dyeing, Block Printing, Miniature Painting, Wood Carving, Printed Textiles, and others)

Music: (Classical Music, Semi-Classical, Light, Modern Music) Dance: (Classical & Traditional Dance forms) Folk Dance: (Bhangra/Gidda, Garba, Rouf, Ghoomar, Bihu, Lavani, Vilasini Ntayam, Dhimsa, Bagurumba, Ali Ai Lingang, Kolattam, Natyam, Aji Lamu, Roppi, Phoning, Kajari, Jhumari, Dandari, Gendi among others.)

Professional Art Forms: (Painting, Printmaking, Textile, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramic, Calligraphy, Photography, Installation) Folk Theatre, Nautanki, Yoga, and other arts including Sand Art, Mehndi, Floor Art (Rangoli/Mandaan)


Level-I: Guru (Artist/Artisans) (Those Artists/Artisans, who do not come in the above categories, but have gained fame as master artists of a particular art form).

Level-II: Pram Gury (Outstanding Artist/Artisan) (At least one National and State level Government recognized award or any other award of the equivalent level)

Level- III: Parameshti Guru (Eminent Artists/Artisan)(Padma Awardee or a prestigious honour of National or International Level) Facilities


Studio/workplace: The empanelled Kala Gurus will be provided suitable well-equipped workplace to carry out the activities having requisite facilities and materials along with other assistance needed to deliver the learning.

Travel Expenses and Accommodation

The empowered Kala Guru will be provided TA/DA/Accommodation tc, as per the norms of HEIs. Honorarium: The payment of honorarium, TA/DA/Accommodation, etc to Artists/ Artisans-in-Residence may be decided and made by the HEIs from their own resources.

(Source: OTV English)

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