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IITs and IIMs may evaluate and accredit other institutes`

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The Centre may engage IITs and IIMs to evaluate and accredit other institutes to ensure transparency and to reduce the time taken for accreditation of higher education institutes.

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar said that a meeting is proposed with eight IITs and eight IIMs to expand the base of evaluating agencies.

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous institution under the UGC, solely carries out the accreditation. Earlier this year, the government think-tank Niti Ayog recommended that the ministry should allow accreditation by reputed private institutions.

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Javadekar said that the government was instead looking at using resources from within. “We have a huge talent pool of teachers and students who can use the entire exercise of evaluation as a learning tool,” he said.

Even though some IITs have shown their reservations towards participating as agencies citing faculty shortage.

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