The Union Minister for HRD, Prakash Javadekar said on Friday that the government had approached IITs and IIMs for accreditation of educational institutes. The Union HRD Minister had earlier also announced that more agencies will be roped in to speed up the assessment and accreditation process for Higher Education Institutes.
While speaking at the national conference on “Positioning India on the Global Education Map”, Javadekar said, “To improve the quality of education, we are making the accreditation process more scientific and tough. The government wants to increase the strength of the National Board of Accreditation and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council so that more number of institutions can be accredited”.
He also said that the ranking and rating of educational institutes increases competitiveness and inspires institutes to invent ways to improve overall performance of the institute.
“Today, because of the National Institutional Ranking Framework, every institute has constituted an internal committee to improve their ranking. Students also take into account the institution’s ranking before taking admission,” he added.
He said that graded autonomy will boost quality of education being imparted at Higher Education Institutes.
“They will also have the freedom to hire foreign faculty, enroll foreign students, give incentive-based emoluments to the faculty, enter academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes,” he added.
In August this year, UGC had notified University Grants Commission (Recognition and Monitoring of Assessment & Accreditation Agencies) Regulations, 2018 and had announced setting up of an Accreditation Advisory Council (AAC) for recognition of Assessment and Accrediting Agencies (AAAs).
Any government or semi-government agency was eligible to apply for recognition as an accreditation agency.