New Delhi: In a bid to reduce the burden on the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), the Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) has proposed to make the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) governing council a parallel agency for accreditation of engineering colleges.
During 2016-17, NAAC assessed 1,641 educational institutions including universities, colleges and other vocational institutes. This was a big jump from the 1,300 institutes it assessed in 2015-16.
[blurb]Speaking at the National Consultation on Revised Accreditation Framework two days ago, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had said that a meeting had been scheduled with IITsâ the governing council on April 28 in Mumbai where the accreditation bit would be discussed, among other things.[/blurb]
Sources at the ministry said the proposal was still in its nascent stage. âIITs are an independent body and the ministry can only make a proposal. The final decision will be in the hands of the governing council, post which the University Grants Commission will draft the schemeâ.
NAAC welcomed the ministryâs move and said it would only strengthen higher education. âWe cover a lot of educational institutions. Giving IITs an authority over accreditation will definitely lower the pressure on us. I hope IITs are given responsibility in educational institutes that have technical and engineering courses, which is the area of expertise for themâ said director DP Singh.
Singh added that proposals were already in place to bring about changes in the ranking process. The reforms, he said, would be more objective, transparent, ICT-enabled and robust.