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State to rate universities for academic, research excellence

Minister for Higher Education R.V. Deshpande speaking in the Legislative Assembly on Friday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Minister for Higher Education R.V. Deshpande speaking in the Legislative Assembly on Friday. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy   | Photo Credit: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

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This will motivate varsities to do better, says Minister

The State government has decided to introduce a system of rating universities on the basis of their academic and research performance so as to motivate them to strive for excellence.

When such a system will become a reality soon, Karnataka will be the first State in the country to rate it’s universities, according to Higher Education Minister R.V. Deshpande.

Announcing this during his reply on Friday to the debate in the Assembly on the demand for grants for the education sector, Mr. Deshpande said he was holding consultations on evolving a rating system with the Indian Centre for Assessment and Accreditation, a non-profit organisation working towards enhancement of quality in higher education.

The Minister hoped that introducing the rating system would encourage universities to compete among themselves for academic and research excellence, leading to an improvement in the quality of higher education.

The decision to opt for rating was taken in the wake of concern among academic circles over none of the Indian universities being able to make it to the list of the world’s top 20 universities, he said. “The University of Mysore is nearly a century old. But it has not made it to the list of the top 20 universities of the world. On the other hand, Singapore University, which was set up only about 30 years ago, has made it to the list,” he said, while stressing the need to improve the standards of the State’s universities.

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