UGC to set up Quality Assessment Cells to improve education

UGC to set up Quality Assessment Cells to improve education


Hyderabad: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to set up Quality Assessment Cells across universities to improve the quality of education, UGC chairman Prof Sukhadeo Thorat said today.

“A decision has been taken for establishing Quality Assessment Cells in universities, which will report and discuss their status. Based on that, they can improve their quality," Thorat told PTI here on the sidelines of a conference of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

The Commission is planning to make assessment and accreditation of all universities and colleges a compulsory procedure, Thorat said.

“Every college and University will have to get assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to improve their quality. It finds mention in the XI Planning Commission document. But a decision on operationalizing it is yet to be taken, he said.

Certain decisions were being worked out including legal aspects of the issue and a decision that would be taken soon for mandatory assessment of all institutions, he added.

The mandatory assessment may take another six months, Thorat said. Addressing the ACU conference earlier, Thorat said that capacity of educational institutions in the country had increased manifold, but there was need to expand higher education.

Information Technology has a powerful role in expanding higher education and efforts were being made for its utilisation in that direction, Thorat said.