“We are making accreditation process more scientific and tough for colleges”, MHRD Prakash Javadekar

India is making accreditation process more scientific and tough for colleges

“We are making accreditation process more scientific and tough for colleges”, MHRD Prakash Javadekar says. Photo: PIB.

The Union Human Resource Development Ministry is going all out to make accreditation process more scientific and tough for colleges. “The Government is committed to increase quality education in the country right from primary education to higher education. In higher education, we have taken tremendous steps to improve college education, for this we are making accreditation process more scientific and tough. Government wants to increase the strength of NBA and NAAC so that more number of institutions can be accredited, the Minister added.He further said that government is open for other agencies to take the responsibility of accreditation and IITs and IIMs have been asked for the same so that more and more institutions can be accredited from reputed agencies”, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister for Human Resource Development said in New Delhi on December 14, 2018.

While speaking at national Conference on ‘Positioning India on the Global Education Map’ in New Delhi, Javadekar said, “Ranking and rating increase competitiveness among institutions for better performance. Let me cite you an example. Take National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). Thanks to the introduction of NIRF every institute has constituted an internal committee to improve the ranking. Students also see institutions ranking before taking admission.”

Good Teachers

Stressing the role of a teacher, Javadekar said, “Teacher is the most important component to increase quality education in the colleges and varsities. Attendance should increase in the classroom apparently due to the teacher’s skills and not due to the infrastructure of the college. We are lacking good teachers in the institutions precisely because of the fact that good people are not becoming teachers. We have to attract good people for teaching profession and we have to give respect to teachers then only we can create a good learning environment in the institutions. Best teachers attract students to the institution not the best infrastructure.”

Graded Autonomy

Stating that the graded autonomy was another major step of his Ministry to boost quality education in the country, Javadekar said, “The universities will remain within the ambit of UGC but will have the freedom to start new courses, off campus centres, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programmes. What is more, they will also have the freedom to hire overseas faculty, enrol international students, offer incentive based emoluments to the faculty, enter into academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes. We are focusing on research and innovation to boost research culture in the country. The Ministry of HRD successfully conducted two Smart India Hackathon in 2017 and 2018 and started process for third instalment of Smart India Hackathon- 2019.”

The Minister further said that to promote innovation culture in India we have started Innovation Cell in AICTE and more than 1000 colleges started Innovation Club in their campuses. The research and innovation culture will make education more relevant and reliable. In addition these steps to promote quality education in India, we have increased budget amount for the higher education through HEFA. India is improving its ranking in world class institutions but we want to enter in top 100 club of best institutions, therefore we are trying to make 20 Institutes of Eminence in the country, ten each in public and private category”, Javadekar added.