UGC, AICTE plans no inspection for higher education institutions in 12th Plan

Create: 12/22/2011 - 15:08

The approach of higher education regulators in dealing with education institutions will be revamped in the 12th Education Plan. All India Council for Technical Education and University Grants Commission has decided to adopt the self-disclosure and accreditation policy instead of inspection while granting approvals to new courses or up-grading the facilities in a higher education institution.

"Inspection and approval regimes promote corruption and sloth. We need to move away this paradigm to authentication and automatic approvals," said a working group report prepared by the HRD ministry for the 12th five year plan.

Speaking of the ‘self-disclosure’ strategy that AICTE aims to adopt, council’s Chairman SS Mantha said, "We have provided the self-disclosure statements of over 10,000 institutions on our portal from next year for people to find out what the institutions are claiming is correct or not." 

Mantha added that there should be a trust element between the council and the institutions for what they say. "Inspection will be conducted only on basis of a complaint," he said.

Meanwhile, the University Grants Commission is also planning to approve funds on the basis on accreditation of the institution. The commission administers over 75 schemes of funding to Central and State Universities.

"Central funds cannot be right of an institution. The institutions should compete for the Central government funds," a senior government official said.

"The process of approval and sanction is not only time consuming, it also suffers from opaqueness and prolixity. Several schemes are delayed and never achieve intended results," the ministry document for the 12th plan had said, while urging for changing in fund disbursal system.

According to new policies, the Central Universities will now get up to 100% of their entitlement and the state universities not more than 75%. There will be financial incentive for institutions to set up campuses in educationally backward regions.

[Source: Hindustan Times]

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

While the move is a welcome one, the NCHE should take steps to step up the ways and means of strengthening the accreditation & QC bodies within the higher education institutions, as we find them in autonomous colleges like Meenakshi College & Loyola College in Chennai Region.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Great idea. I suggest that complaints should also be online and transparent in the web site of the regulatory body with the date of inspection team members and also interaction report and documents and photos to put the record in order should be uploaded whether found correct or wrong.
This will help transparency in visits

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

this is a gimmick ! self styled & best connived ...a marriage d' convenience sort. Has any sector behaved responsible till date ?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

It is really funny. AICTE first conducted inspections to check whether the institutions have sufficient facilities or not. They found that many of them do not have the required facilities and the graduates learning in such institutions (70% of them) are not having emplyable calibre. Now, AICTE and UGC feel that there is corruption in such inspections. If they really know who is corrupt then bring this to record and blacklist such people. Let there be stringent rules against such corrupt people. Removing the inspection is like removing the police force from a disputed area and saying that higher authority will take action if complaint comes (i.e. if someone survives in that area).
Who will complain? the students who are admitted? Is it possible for a student or his parent to complain about the institution? You fools... the institution will spoil the career of such complaining students. Anyway. This move will just allow the high level people to get complete share of the bribe instead of inspectors in addition. or may be some of the institutions have complained now that they have to pay bribe at multiple levels and it will be good if there is only one window through which the bribe is to be submitted, so stop inspections and we will send peti/ khoka directly to the head offices. hi... hi... hi.....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I am not sure what the intention behind it to get local popularity and ideal image. Far from reality Mr Mantha had launched e-portal through L&T, and each of institution has to subscribe with the charge of Rs 5 Lakh per branch. This total amount counts to 1800 crores. What is the logic behind it, Mr Mantha can tell. When the institutions are not adopting the standard even after inspection, how will they disclose on self discloser scheme, Mantha knows very well.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

It is a welcome proposition of the UGC and AICTE to do away with the Inspector Raj that was breeding corrupt practices and favouritism and thereby compromising with our quality of education. I have carried such bitter experiences from one of the oldest University of the country, viz. Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha as its Vice Chancellor for my three years from 2008-2011. May I congratulate the members of the Working Group of the MHRD who have finally admitted the corrupt practices involved in the inspection system. They have rightly admitted that “Inspection and approval regimes promote corruption and sloth. We need to move away this paradigm to authentication and automatic approvals". Perhaps this is one of the effects of the anti corruption movement under the leadership of Mr Anna Hazare.
However, this is not enough. One should bear in mind that our quality of education can improve provided right people are manned at right places. More particularly, persons with high integrity and with long run perspective / vision should head our Universities/ Institutes. Hence, utmost care be accorded in selection of such Heads who can provide a right leadership. In this regard, let me submit that one area of loophole which need to be plugged is the process of selection of Vice Chancellor and Directors. It is often noted that many undeserving and corrupt academicians and non academicians, those who loiter in the corridors of power and who are adept in the art of lobbying are nominated as members of the Selection Committees so that they can manipulate the system. Very often it is same set of people who are involved in this process and also used to go as Inspectors. Let the Ministry take some preventive steps to arrest this potential area of corruption.
Another area that needs a word of caution is that the assessment/ evaluation of new system of “self disclosure” should not fall in wrong hands . But no doubt, it is a welcome initiative.
Binayak Rath

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Institutions must be socially accountable, than the mere exercise of accreditation. Provisions should be made to comment on an institution's profile by its various stakeholders including students, so that the real quality in pure social context can be ascertained.

I think flow of fund in XII Plan to the non-technical universities and colleges should be linked with both NAAC accreditation rank as well as Academic & Performance Audit Report of the concerned institution as per UGC proforma. The Reports and fund sanctioned need to be made available in web for public knowledge. Compliance with submission of both the two Reports must be made compulsory.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I think that AICTE/UGC are risking the lives of students by putting public hostage in the hands of private institutions! As AICTE said that "Inspection will be conducted only on basis of a complaint," , Bhai Sahib it is India! Either no one risk life by complaining about education mafia and even if a complaint is made it will be too late to rectify the wrong done to the career of the students. What is required (i) Have surprise random inspections, (ii) If Institution found faulty, there should be heavy penality (iii) and criminal proceeding of forgery, breach of trust be intiated. All these three corrective steps be taken simulteneously without having any subjective relaxation.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

The move of, SELF DISCLOSURE, taken by the AICTE is a right one but may not suit our society where only a few people with self concience do exist.
It is very easy in INDIA where to violate the stipulated norms and to seek excuse at later stage and also to get a statusqo from a the court of Law because ultimately the students' future is at stake. Hence It is better to implement this at an appropriate time but not now.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Either through self disclosure / through control by UGC / AICTE, the education has taken the route of money spinning in the past decade. So people having tonnes of money will anyway attract the students by glittering advertisement and image make-over. Institution should be rated based on the outcome of the students in terms of job secured, Invention and Innovations. Hope the system is put back in the right path keeping the students and country's well being soon.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

The AICTE and UGC has taken good dicision of not to conduct the inspection, because inspection increasing the corruption, every person conducting inspetcion can not be the loyal person. and anybody can not take the gurantee of that person even AICTE. also Experts conducting inspection can be influenced politically. so overall good and appriable decision...........
thanks

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Highly acceptable and valuable suggestion according to my 14 years experience

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Good idea, survival the fittest the best institute will flourish and waste will perish , the management invest on infrastructure instead of diverting the money on approval process.

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