The approach of higher education regulators in dealing with education institutions will be revamped in the 12th Education Plan. All India Council for Technical Education and University Grants Commission has decided to adopt the self-disclosure and accreditation policy instead of inspection while granting approvals to new courses or up-grading the facilities in a higher education institution.
“Inspection and approval regimes promote corruption and sloth. We need to move away this paradigm to authentication and automatic approvals,” said a working group report prepared by the HRD ministry for the 12th five year plan.
Speaking of the ‘self-disclosure’ strategy that AICTE aims to adopt, council’s Chairman SS Mantha said, “We have provided the self-disclosure statements of over 10,000 institutions on our portal from next year for people to find out what the institutions are claiming is correct or not.”
Mantha added that there should be a trust element between the council and the institutions for what they say. “Inspection will be conducted only on basis of a complaint,” he said.
Meanwhile, the University Grants Commission is also planning to approve funds on the basis on accreditation of the institution. The commission administers over 75 schemes of funding to Central and State Universities.
“Central funds cannot be right of an institution. The institutions should compete for the Central government funds,” a senior government official said.
“The process of approval and sanction is not only time consuming, it also suffers from opaqueness and prolixity. Several schemes are delayed and never achieve intended results,” the ministry document for the 12th plan had said, while urging for changing in fund disbursal system.
According to new policies, the Central Universities will now get up to 100% of their entitlement and the state universities not more than 75%. There will be financial incentive for institutions to set up campuses in educationally backward regions.
[Source: Hindustan Times]