The Economic Times | By Anubhuti Vishnoi, ET Bureau | 24 September, 2015 |
NEW DELHI: Kapil Sibal tried his hand at it and now it is Smriti Irani’s turn. Even as the deemed university issue continues to hang fire in courts since 2009, the Centre is once again looking at ways to effectively evaluate the performance of 127 deemed to be universities operating across the country. The Irani-led Human Resource Development ministry quietly set up a Core Committee on the issue in late August and this committee has recommended that only any institution that scores “a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 1.5 and above out of a CGPA of 4.0 on a scale developed by NAAC may be considered for its continuation as institution of deemed to be university.” The committee has submitted its report to the HRD ministry earlier this month and its recommendations are learnt to be under examination. While queries were emailed to the HRD ministry by ET, there was no response. The Core Committee has developed a set of questions for each of the seven NAAC criteria for evaluation of an institute. The deemed to be university under assessment will be asked to give detailed responses to each question and these supplemented with documentary evidence will help create a ‘Self Study Report’ (SSR) that will be submitted to the accreditation agency.
An expert committee constituted by the accreditation agency will undertake a peer review involving an onsite verification of the information given in the SSR. Based on the same, CGPA will be computed. The CGPA of 1.5 and up will get the institute to retain the deemed university status, the Core Committee report reviewed by ET says. The Core Committee was set up by orders of the Higher Education Secretary Vinay Sheel Oberoi following a meeting on 28th August 2015 to evolve a “set of criteria applicable for assessment and evaluation of deemed to be universities”. The core committee had on board Chairman University Grants Commission Prof Ved Prakash, Director NAAC Prof D P Singh, Chairman All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE) Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe and Joint secretary in the HRD Ministry S S Sandhu. “The parameters for evaluation of deemed to be universities were culled out from the existing parameters that are used by the NAAC. These are supplemented with questions so that it is easier to quantify the performance of the deemed varsity on each criteria and then a CGPA score can be arrived at,” a committee member told ET on condition of anonymity. The quality of deemed varsities has been questioned repeatedly with former HRD minister in UPA 2 – Kapil Sibal ordering a review through a three member committee headed by P N Tandon. The Tandon committee termed 44 of the 126 deemed to be universities as seriously deficient.- Courtesy