Accreditation to be made mandatory for all varsities and colleges

Source: The Hindu via PwC – EdLive

To enhance the quality of higher education, the UGC has decided to make accreditation mandatory for all universities and colleges coming under its purview. All universities, institutions of higher learning and colleges in the country in future have to obtain accreditation certificates from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, to get funds from the UGC for various academic and research programmes.

Speaking on the sidelines of the recently held NAAC accreditation award ceremony, UGC Chairman (acting) Ved Prakash said, “An order will be issued soon to make accreditation mandatory for all universities and colleges to come under the UGC. The rule to make accreditation mandatory will be soon vetted by the Human Resource Development Ministry. The accreditation helps an institution to identify its strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities. All educational institutions coming under UGC must obtain accreditation once in three years.”

UGC draws flak for changing national eligibility test rules

Source: The Times of India via PwC – EdLive

Academics and teacher aspirants have criticised the UGC for its decision to change the eligibility criteria for lectureship after the National Eligibility Test (NET) results were announced. The UGC had earlier mentioned a minimum qualifying percentage in three individual papers of the NET, but after the results were out a third criterion – aggregate of all three papers – was brought in. Candidates said that the UGC only prescribed minimum required marks in papers 1, 2 and 3 to qualify for lectureship when the notification for the test was announced. There was no mention of the requirement of an aggregate score in the NET. Candidates claimed that based on the answer key for NET published by the UGC earlier, at least 70% were able to secure the prescribed minimum marks in the individual paper. But the aggregate score requirement ensured that only 7.69% finally qualified for lectureship. Academics questioned the benefit of high academic standards when none could meet them. “There is a huge shortage of college teachers, but the eligibility criteria are being raised.”

Take a call on setting up body to look into affairs of educational societies: HC

Source: The Indian Express via Pwc -EdLive

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday asked the Centre, Punjab government and the UGC to take a decision on constituting a body to look into the affairs of educational trusts and societies, along with non-government institutions dealing with education. A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain asked the three bodies to decide on the representations filed in this regard by NSUI Punjab unit’s former state coordinator Dinesh Chadha.