Here’s one welcome instance of the government’s response to constructive criticism by the media. After months of persistent highlighting by Mint of the chronic irregularities in the functioning of AICTE, the technical education regulator, the standing committee on human resource development has asked interested parties for their comments and suggestions—through a public notice on Thursday.
This is the right opportunity for institutions that have faced harassment while seeking approvals or expansions to come forward—the panel assures that comments will be kept confidential. And for individuals who may have spent hard-earned money in the name of educating their children and landed up sending them to dubious schools because of their good faith in the AICTE stamp. Here’s a chance not just to document the grim facts, but to catalyze reform in higher education.