The Free Press Journal | | Jul 31, 2015 |
Indore : Prof DP Singh, the newly-appointed Director of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), said that he would get parameters used to assess standards of institutions of higher learning on the lines of the parameters considered by the international assessment agencies for ratings. “NAAC parameters are very different from the ones being considered by the global rating agencies that’s why our institutions do not figure in the list of the top-200 institutions in the world. My focus will be to set standards on the lines of standards considered by the international agencies for rating in the institutions,” Singh told reporters. Singh, who is presently Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya Vice-Chancellor, on Thursday got appointment letter from NAAC. Singh said that he would take up the new assignment in a week or so.
“I will take time to meet Chancellor of the state universities to tender my resignation as VC and in a week assume charge of director of NAAC,” he said. Singh stated that the existing criterions used by the NAAC do not asses quality of teachers of the institute. “I will ensure that the new criterions figure out quality teachers of an institution. Students’ feedback and research work will play a major role in assessment of the good teachers.” On the war-footing exercise undertaken by the NAAC to accredit institutes in the country by year end, Singh said that presently teachers and vice chancellors are pressed into the uphill task for assessing institutes about 37000 colleges and 700 universities. “Because of their regular work, the VCs and the teachers will not be able to carry out assessment exercise in the true spirit. In other countries, private agencies carry out assessment task. We will also try to rope in private agencies into the task of assessment. Their work will be only to visit institutes and assess standards of the institute on the parameters fixed by us. They will submit the report to us and final decision on the accreditation will be ours.” The VC also signaled at setting up regional centres of NAAC on the lines of UGC centres. – Courtesy