Varsities’ autonomy to depend on NAAC, NIRF grades: Javadekar

The HRD minister said there would be minimum regulation and maximum autonomy for institutions with the best grades

education Updated: Nov 17, 2016 17:30 IST
HT Education Correspondent
HT Education Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said the IITs were being encouraged to share innovative solutions and this would give students real hands-on training.(HT File)

The question of autonomy is critical to higher education institutes (HEI) and the government is mulling the option of clubbing ratings of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the HRD ministry’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) to decide on grading and autonomy granted to institutes.

Speaking at the Ficci higher education summit in Capital Delhi recently, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said there would be minimum regulation and maximum autonomy for HEIs with the best grades. For others, a balance between autonomy and regulation would be maintained. Those below standards should expect stricter control, he said.

On the Ucchatar Avishkar Yojana (UAY), Javadekar said IITs were being encouraged to share innovative solutions and this would give students real hands-on training. They could even work on ideas for innovations and startups from their hostel rooms, he quipped.

Earlier, inaugurating the summit, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu said the world was into the fourth industrial revolution which was characterised by technology and the Internet of Things. Sensors, robotics and machine learning were the order of the day, making things happen real time. An analysis of the kind of human resources required was needed to take on the new challenges.

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First Published: Nov 17, 2016 17:30 IST