Govt to crack whip against dubious educational institutions
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Last Updated: Monday, September 06, 2010, 21:56
Bangalore: Government is planning to crack the whip against dubious institutions in the higher education sector by setting up a national accreditation authority that would ensure certain quality standards.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said the proposed authority would be manned by experts whether it is engineering, medicine, law, pharmacy or architecture, and not government representatives. The government wants to be far removed from the processes of education but not from the objectives of education.

This authority would outsource the job to accreditation agencies which would evaluate institutions. If they don't have minimum benchmarks of quality, they would not be entitled to run the institutions.

Every higher education institution would be required to have their website giving all information about it, faculty and other facilities. If the information provided on the website was inconsistent with what's on the ground, it would be treated as "educational malpractice" which would attract prosecution.

"It's a new form of criminal offence for which institutions and managements would be prosecuted," he said, delivering the Sir Vithal N Chandavarkar Memorial Lecture on "Empowering Through Education" at the Indian Institute of Science here.

Sibal expressed dismay that the present shortfall of school teachers (at the elementary level) is 12 lakh but noted that recruitment processes are in the hands of state governments.

In this context, he lauded the initiative of software major Wipro which, through its Azim Premji University has committed to train 50,000 faculty irrespective of the time-line.

Sibal, who visited Wipro this morning, said the private university wants to ensure that in every district there were 50 or 100 people who would empower the schools and faculty.


First Published: Monday, September 06, 2010, 21:56

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