AICTE chief for automatic autonomy to educational institutions

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Kolkata, May 5 (IANS) Institutions with a standard level of accreditation should be given autonomy automatically, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Chairman Anil D. Sahasrabudhe said on Saturday.

“When any institution which gets accredited with a level which is beyond a threshold, they should be given autonomy automatically, whether the faculties or the institutions or the University want it or not. I think that is the way forward,” he said here.

“In our country, to become autonomous there is still a long process involved. There are instances where institutions are interested in autonomy but the staffs and faculties are not because they feel the workload will increase,” Sahasrabudhe said while addressing a session ‘Millennial Learning Educational Strategies for the Gen Next’ organised by Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“These are all mindset problems,” he said.

With autonomy in place, they have a lot of freedom in order to makeAtheirAown curriculum, practice the way they want to teach and there are a lot of other advantages, he said.

Referring to the Kaw Committee Report on Technical Education, he said India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and SriLanka are the only four countries that are still following the affiliation system and rest all other countries have autonomous colleges.

According to him, recently, the government has added three more parameters – affordability, autonomy and self-declaration or accountability. Stringent measures will be taken against those institutions that are not following what they have declared, he added.



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