Minister of Human Resource and Development Kapil Sibal has been suggested by several
MPs to set up 'centrally run colleges' in every district on the lines of Kendriya
Vidyalaya or Navodaya Vidyalaya.
The suggestion came as the lawmakers attending a
Consultative Committee of Parliament of the HRD Ministry voiced concern over
the "declining standard of college education and poor teacher-student
ratio", said Ministry officials.
The meeting that took place on September, 29, 2011 was attended by HRD
Minister Kapil Sibal and senior officials of the HRD Ministry.
"Concerns were also raised about a number of
engineering seats being left vacant as it was felt that some states could have
more engineering colleges than required," the officials said.
Sibal informed that his ministry has asked AICTE to
elicit views of state governments where there is a surplus as to whether
recognition should be given to more engineering colleges to these states.
Some of the MPs expressed their
displeasure over the fact that Bangalore-based National Assessment and
Accreditation Council has no branches, which they said was a cause of an
Along with members of Lok Sabha, and the Rajya
Sabha, the meeting was also attended by Secretary, Department of Higher
Education, Vibha Puri Das and Secretary Department of School Education and Literacy
Anshu Vaish, besides other senior officials of the HRD Ministry.