New Delhi: The government has decided to stop funding institutions which are not accredited by official agencies, a step aimed at ensuring quality in higher education.
The HRD Ministry has decided that no government or government-aided institutions will get public funding unless they are accredited by National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) or National Board of Accreditation (NBA).
“The institutions offering courses on general disciplines will have to be accredited by NAAC, while those offering technical courses need to have accreditation from NBA. Institutions will not get public funding unless they are accredited to any of these bodies,” a top ministry official told PTI here.
The decision will be implemented within four months, a period during which the government will formulate a policy for the purpose.
“The focus of higher education is quality. There is a significant increase in cross border students’ mobility. To ensure quality, all our institutions need to have accreditation from the appropriate agencies,” he said.
At present, there are about 20,000 general colleges which are getting grants from the government. However, a meagre 4,000 of them have been accredited by NAAC.