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Quality education a must: Pallam Raju

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Union Minister M.M. Pallam Raju inaugurating the new regional centre of the National Board of Accreditation in Bangalore on Saturday.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar
Union Minister M.M. Pallam Raju inaugurating the new regional centre of the National Board of Accreditation in Bangalore on Saturday.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Union Human Resources Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju has stressed the need to ensure that educational institutions maintain quality standards.

Institutes will have to subject themselves to stringent accreditation processes and compliance norms to ensure better quality education, he said. “The focus of the 11{+t}{+h}Five Year plan was to add capacity to meet the target of 30 per cent Gross Enrolment Ratio by 2020. The 12{+t}{+h}Year plan will look at building quality in these institutes and following strict norms for accreditation.”

Accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council has been made mandatory for institutions across the country. Soon, a National Board of Accreditation (NBA) nod will be made mandatory for technical institutions, he said.

New centre

Mr. Raju was in the city on Saturday to inaugurate the new regional centre of the NBA and an administrative block of the Reva Educational Institutions. The NBA and Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) have entered into a memorandum of understanding to enhance the quality and relevance of technical education. NBA will now facilitate VTU in organising training programmes for outcome-based education and offer outcome-based accreditation to institutions.

At Reva Educational Institutions, the Minister said that the parents are spending their hard earned money on their wards to get quality education and hence it becomes the responsibility of the institutions to nurture quality education.

Focus on discipline

Minister for Higher Education and Tourism R.V. Deshpande said that no educational institution should compromise on quality of education and should focus on discipline, faculty and placement.

Earlier, at a seminar titled ‘Issues and Challenges of Technical Institutes in Karnataka’, Mr. Raju acknowledged that there were several shortcomings in government institutes. He admitted that education had become a “business” and the government had to protect the public from institutes that are established with profit as their only motive.


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