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NAAC decennial celebrations to end on Nov. 5

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, OCT. 31. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) will hold the valedictory function of its decennial celebrations on November 5 at the J.N. Tata Auditorium here.

The President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, will participate in the programme.

V.S. Prasad, Director of NAAC, told presspersons that eminent educationists and former directors of the council would be felicitated at the function.

An international conference on ``Indicators of Quality in Teacher Education'' would be held from November 5 to 7. NAAC proposed to assess and accredit all University Grants Commission (UGC)-funded educational institutions in the next two years, he said.

`Student charter'

With a view to promote involvement of students in quality assurance, NAAC had asked all educational institutions to develop a ``student charter". "The responsibility of the learners to ensure quality will be emphasised in this charter," Mr. Prasad said.

He said NAAC was advocating the setting up of ``internal quality assessment cells'' in all the colleges with the head of the institution as chairman of the cell, so that quality of education was monitored on a regular basis. "We are also advocating the sharing of best practices by excellent institutions so that others can benefit from their experience. Some institutions do not take the concern for quality in education seriously. NAAC's responsibility is to bring this to the notice of the regulatory authority concerned," Mr. Prasad said.

NAAC also had in place a redressal grievance machinery which looked into the appeals by colleges for re-examination of their performance.

About granting of autonomy to colleges and universities, Mr. Prasad said the onus was not on NAAC to recommend colleges for autonomy. There was a committee in the UGC for the purpose and granting of autonomy depended on the UGC or the Government, he said.

He said assessment by NAAC was one of the criteria for giving autonomy to institutions and additional support in the form of grants was also based on NAAC accreditation.

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