No Indian Institution In The Top 20 World Class Institutions

The government revealed that not a single Indian educational institute was in the 20 world class institutions

New Delhi:A� Not a single Indian educational institution was in the top 20 world class institutions, the government told Rajya SabhaA�on Thursday. The reply was prepared based on the rankings by various international agencies.

Replying to a question raised on the quality of higher education asked by the members in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Human Resource Ministry, Mahendra Nath Pandey revealed that Indian institutions are not in the top 20.

He also revealed the steps being taken by the central government to increase the quality of higher education. The government was regulating technical education to make it more effective, the Minister of State said.

In order to ensure quality education to be imparted in All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approved institutions, it has set norms and standards to regulate the technical education by way of grant of approval for conducting courses and renewal of the same, the minister told the Rajya Sabha.

In accordance with University Grant Commission(UGC) (Establishment of and Maintenance of Standards in Private Universities) Regulations, 2003, the UGC had already conducted on the spot inspection of 159 out of 278 private universities to assess whether these are fulfilling the minimum criteria in terms of programmes, faculty, infrastructural facilities, financial viability, etc, as laid down from time to time by the UGC and other concerned statutory bodies or councils, he said in his written reply.

“The recommendations made by visiting UGC committee are placed before the Commission to take final decision in the matter. As such, UGC is taking all the necessary steps to ensure quality of education in Universities,” said Pandey.

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