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Reforms,accountability enter classrooms

Come 2010,a new era of accountability and transparency is set to be ushered into educational institutes....

Written by Anubhuti Vishnoi |
January 1, 2010 3:44:17 am

Come 2010,a new era of accountability and transparency is set to be ushered into educational institutes. Sweeping reforms and mandatory fee disclosure norms would include putting online every institute’s fee details,faculty components and admission-related details.

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will be at the centre of these reforms,which are to be announced soon by Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal.

All AICTE-affiliated private colleges will have to declare their entire fees,its components,refundable portions on withdrawal of admission,number of seats per course,eligibility conditions,admission and selection process,details of teaching faculty,including their pay and qualifications,the institute’s physical and academic infrastructure and syllabus outline,among other aspects.

In the news for all the wrong reasons in 2009,the AICTE had hit its lowest point when its entire top brass,including the chairman,were caught by the CBI in a corruption racket. This year,the AICTE hopes to put it all behind with the ambitious e-governance plan.

Cleared by the AICTE Executive Committee this month,the plan includes putting online the entire approval/accreditation process for institutes so that they can know online the status of their application pertaining to approval for new courses,increasing intake of existing programmes or accreditation of their programmes.

The AICTE will also stop giving recognition to professional courses (BTech/M Tech) being offered in distance mode,encourage institutes to subscribe to an internet consortium and to high-speed broad band connectivity,develop a comprehensive scheme for horizontal and vertical mobility of vocational and ITI students for the benefit of those from the working class and lower economic strata and for co-option of foreign experts on All India Boards, and consider allowing starting of dual-degree programmes of M Tech,leading to PhD.

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