Institutes soon to get official ranking: Smriti Irani

Indian educational institutes will be accorded official ranking soon and a national framework is getting prepared for the purpose, Union HRD minister Smriti Irani made the announcement in Bhopal on Friday.

However, the minister did not elaborate if the framework will cover both government and private educational institutes.

She was addressing a gathering of students and teaching faculty at National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) at Shyamla Hills, where she launched a teachers' training hub and laid foundation stone of golden jubilee convention centre.

The idea of a national ranking framework is in line after recommendations by a committee of IIT directors on the issue of rankings. The panel had suggested while it was important for Indian institutes to participate in global rankings, there is a greater need for India to devise its own domestic ranking that factors in India-specific criteria.

In her keynote address, she said, "Accreditation of colleges and institutes in the country should be strengthened. For this purpose, accreditation board will be formed covering all aspects on the campus."

Admitting decline in quality of technical education over a period of time, she said, "Growth seems to have bypassed the quality in technical education. Our endeavour is to create an environment wherein skill development should be priority."

TV actor-turned politician also talked about Rashtriya Aavishkar Abhiyaan.

"It will be aimed at encouraging research and innovation from school to university levels," she said. One part of the mission will look at incentivizing with more funding for new inventions and innovations right from the district level. The other aspect will be to sensitize institutes and students on need for patenting research and publishing research papers.

Source By India Times