The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) through its higher education regulator University Grants Commission (UGC) is going to tighten the norms for higher education institutes for ensuring quality education is imparted to students.
MHRD has initiated a massive exercise to scrutinise hundreds of legislations so that the mushrooming of private universities across the country does not lead to a decline in the standard of education, according to a senior official familiar with the developments.
The exercise is expected to begin mid-November and being led by the UGC, which has already collected at least 300 state acts. A team of legal consultants working with Niti Aayog will study these acts to give a holistic picture, the official added.
UGC is already working on revising parameters for the setting up of universities. “There have been concerns about the standard of education in the hundreds of private universities spread across the country, and also about to maintaining quality. There have been reports of varsities with insufficient infrastructure, including some functioning from just a few rooms,” said the ministry official on condition of anonymity.
The hundreds of acts under which private universities are set up in different states will be examined in light of the latest parameters that the regulator will soon come up with, said the official. “The idea is to identify any lacunae or gaps that lead to a laxity in the maintenance of educational standards, and ways to address them.”
“The government is in favour of granting more funds and more autonomy to institutions that provide quality education, but ensuring that standards are not diluted is a key premise. Therefore, it is believed this exercise would go a long way in addressing quality concerns,” the official said.