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Prakash Javadekar bats for giving IITs, IIMs accreditation body status

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New Delhi: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said the government will float an idea to enable IITs and IIMs become accreditation bodies so that burden of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) will be eased.

“Currently we have only NAAC as an accreditation agency and there are over 38,000 colleges and 700 universities in the country and on yearly basis 800 to 100 educational institutes are being assessed by NAAC,” Javadekar said while interacting with students at the Indira Group of Institutes here. “Thus, we are going to float an idea in which Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) and Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) will be asked to become accreditation bodies so that there will be multiple choices in front of the institutes and accreditation will be completed in limited time and we can go for more quality education,” said the Minister.

Asked despite having quality institutes, Indian institutes lag behind in global ranking, he said at the global level while ranking the institute, 40 per cent weightage is given to perception. “We have to fight a perception battle as there are two major rankings Time and QS and in both the rankings, 40 per cent weightage is given to perception … how your institute is perceived world over, so we have decided to use our alumni, Indian diasporas, we will use many things to build up that perception,” the senior BJP leader added.

According to Javadekar, for perception, a good presentation is also needed and we will ensure that proper quality of the institute is reflected on the minds of people who rank them. Quizzed about the ‘brain drain’ issue, he said his ministry is emphasising on how to increase “brain gain”. “There are several job fairs which take place world wide, so I have asked IITs and IIMs to take part in these job fairs and fetch good talent from there and assured them that proper platform will be given to such talent for research and innovation,” said the Minister.

Javadekar said with help of initiatives like ‘Uchchtar Avishkar Yojana’, the ministry will focus on augmenting communication between industry and educational institutes. Talking about the new education policy, the Minister said recommendations are welcome from students and all those who have stakes in education. “This is democratic process and we will take everyone’s opinion while formulating the final draft of the policy. We need to develop our demographic divided otherwise it will become a demographic disaster,” he added.

As per the Minister, the government is committed to provide Wi-Fi in all Central universities and colleges. “Talks are on with BSNL and in two years, all central universities will be enabled with free Wi-Fi for students at their campus, hostel and canteens,” he said.

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