Institutions should have internal quality assurance cells, says Ranganath.
H.A. Ranganath, Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, said here on Friday that the University Grants Commission (UGC) under the current 12th Plan will grant Rs. 3 lakh to internal quality assurance cells in degree colleges to take up activities for enhancing the quality of education.
Speaking on “the role of institutional assessment in ensuring quality” at a two-day seminar on “quality, the key factor in administrative reforms in higher education” at Besant Women’s College, he said the UGC was providing Rs. 5 lakh to internal quality assurance cells at universities for taking up activities to improve the quality of education.
Earlier, the cells in colleges had to use their own funds for initiating activities aimed at improving the quality of education. Mr. Ranganath said the grading obtained by educational institutes after the accreditation process indicated the “health” of those institutes.
He said the educational institutions should have internal quality-assurance cells. They helped educational institutions to take collective decisions to maintain quality. In the absence of such cells if an active principal or a vice-chancellor retired from service, the quality of education might suffer if their successors were not as active.
Mr. Ranganath said that out of about 600 universities in the country, 170 had opted for accreditation; out of 33,000 colleges in the country, 5,000 had opted for accreditation.
He said the quality and employability were now the buzz words in higher education. It was not easy to achieve quality. Higher education was now essential for survival. It was no more a luxury like yesteryear. Earlier, only the elite had access to higher education. Now, it was accessible to all. Referring to the research work, Mr. Ranganath said it was not the monopoly of universities, and colleges could also conduct quality researches.
He said that after the initiation of the accreditation process, many colleges had started diverse activities such as water harvesting and manufacturing vermi-compost.