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Students to Certify and Rate the Courses Offered in Higher Education Institutes

Mar 7, 2014 18:01 IST

    The proposal of accrediting and rating the courses being offered by Higher Education institutes in India has been approved.  As told by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), that Indian students will be asked to participate in certifying the courses and programs offered by colleges and universities all across the country.

    According to the reports, all higher education institutes will have acquired ratings for their institute as well as for the courses offered by them under Rashtriya Ucchatar Shikshan Abhiyan (RUSA). The ratings for both institute and their courses will let student make a wiser decision during admissions. The recruiters will also be at advantage while selecting the bright students graduating from each college for offering them vacancy.

    National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is already in charge of rating Indian universities & colleges and providing them grades ever since it came into being in 1994. Initially the grading and rating of courses of Indian Institutes were also handed to the accrediting body however  due to the scarcity of enough staff as well as the constant changes in Indian education system led council sticking to only mentoring part. Whereas, main task of approving, rating and certifying courses will be handed by the council to separate central level and state level bodies,  respective educational institutes, including its students lately.

    The accrediting agency will be formed at state levels that will accredit individual programs/courses with the help of subject councils or associations including the Indian Commerce Association, Sociological Society, etc. The NAAC shall play a role of mentor to regulate quality in the functioning of these agencies, said an official.

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