IITs and IIMs may become accreditation bodies: Prakash Javadekar

MHRD will soon table a proposal to the effect

Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar recently announced that the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) would soon table a proposal to authorize the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) and IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) to grant accreditation to colleges.
"Currently we have only NAAC as an accreditation agency and there are over 38,000 colleges and 700 universities in the country and on yearly basis 800 to 100 educational institutes are being assessed by NAAC," stated the HRD minister. Javadekar was speaking to students while visiting Indira Group of Institutes in Pune.
"Thus, we are going to float an idea in which Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) and Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) will be asked to become accreditation bodies so that there will be multiple choices in front of the institutes and accreditation will be completed in limited time and we can go for more quality education," he said.
On being questioned about the low ranks of the IITs in the global rankings Javadekar stated, "We have to fight a perception battle as there are two major rankings ' Time and QS and in both the rankings, 40 per cent weightage is given to perception ... how your institute is perceived world over, so we have decided to use our alumni, Indian diaspora, we will use many things to build up that perception."
The minister also talked about “brain gain” when students asked him about the problem of brain drain. "There are several job fairs which take place worldwide, so I have asked IITs and IIMs to take part in these job fairs and fetch good talent from there and assured them that proper platform will be given to such talent for research and innovation," he said.

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