Chandigarh, June 18 – Haryana will have its own State Assessment and Accreditation Council (SAAC) on the pattern of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to assess and accredit institutions of higher education functioning in the state.
The Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal who is also the Chairman of State Higher Education Council was presiding over third meeting of State Higher Education Council here today. He directed the concerned officers to explore possibilities for creation of SAAC in the State.
Though it is already mandatory to get universities and colleges assessed by NAAC, the Chief Minister said that formation of SAAC would help primarily assessing quality of institutions of higher education before the periodic assessment and accreditation by NAAC. He said that all the Vice Chancellors should make all out efforts to secure best grade from NAAC.
The Chief Minister expressed concern that although Chairs are instituted to commemorate the memory of prominent personalities, yet no further research is conducted. He, therefore, directed the Vice Chancellors to ensure research work on such Chairs. He said that the society would be immensely benefitted with such research work. Adequate funds as well as infrastructure would be provided for the same. The Vice Chancellors concerned could also explore possibilities as many business houses are ready for the same as a part of corporate social responsibility. He said that present government had set up a chair named after Mr Mangal Sain in Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak. Adequate emphasis should be laid on promotion of research activities, he added.
The Chief Minister also directed the Vice Chancellors to ensure complete transparency in recruitment process in their respective institutions as there were many complaints of irregularities having committed in the past. “I am closely monitoring the entire system and reports are not so encouraging. Therefore, you must be very fair and impartial in recruitment”, he added.
He also sought details of those BEd. Colleges which are operational in the state without permission of the government. He said that mapping of colleges should be carried out to have complete area wise details of educational institutes. He directed the officers that permission for opening of new college should be given keeping in view the future requirements of the area. New courses in sports science discipline should also be introduced in anyone of the universities. Besides, skill development programmes should also be introduced to train those having talent in relevant disciplines. He also directed the officers to focus on quality education so as to provide best possible education to the youth.
It was informed that Higher Education Department has started online admission process in all its 108 government colleges which would continue upto July 6, 2015. All aspiring students could apply free of cost for admission. The department has taken steps in providing quality education as Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Haryana is 28.7 per cent as compared to the national GER of 20.4 per cent.
Haryana Education Minister Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma said that physical verification of B.Ed. colleges should be carried out so as to have the complete details of fee being charged by these institutions.
Those present in the meeting included Chief Secretary Mr. D.S. Dhesi, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary Higher Education Mr. Vijai Vardhan, Vice Chancellors of various State Universities and other senior officers of the State Government.