By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 7 Dec: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami participated in the state level NAAC accreditation workshop and training programme held at DIT College here, today.
On this occasion, Chief Minister Dhami released the ‘Quality Fact Report of NAAC Accreditation in Uttarakhand State’, ‘Recommendation Report’ and ‘Innovation in Higher Education Book’ based on higher education institutions.
On this occasion, in the presence of the Chief Minister, an MoU was also signed by the Department of Higher Education for the promotion of entrepreneurship with the country’s prestigious institute, ‘Indian Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmedabad’, in the field of modernisation of higher education institutions, entrepreneurship and skill development in Uttarakhand. Along with this, a MoU was also signed with Amrita Vishwavidyapith, Kerala, for providing virtual lab facility to the students and Edunet IBM for computer proficiency and IT expertise.
While welcoming the people associated with the education world participating in the two-day Higher Education Thinking Camp, the CM said that the churning of this camp would surely yield the nectar of knowledge and bring about qualitative improvement in the education system in Uttarakhand. He said that Uttarakhand has been illuminating the whole world with the light of its knowledge for centuries. Now, the foundation of New India is being laid under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Under this foundation, new India is well on its way to becoming self-reliant and that many new works are being done in the field of higher education as well. Now, the New Education Policy has been prepared by blending the ancient and modern education systems. Dhami also expressed happiness that through the New Education Policy, the coming generation of the country would be able to get acquainted with the real history and great culture of India. On the one hand, the old education system based on Macaulay’s education system was only aimed at providing routine kind of jobs to the youth. However, through the new policy, the youth themselves would be able to become job providers.
The CM added that the state government is working with determination to make Uttarakhand one of the leading states of the country by 2025. As a result, it has effectively implemented the new education policy in Uttarakhand by adopting the policy of no pendency. He said that despite having limited resources in the state, Uttarakhand is the first state that has worked to implement the provisions of the Policy in a holistic manner. The state government is working towards establishing Uttarakhand as a model state in the field of higher education. In this effort, private sector organisations are also providing their continuous support. The government is determined to make necessary changes in the all-round development of the students and in the education sector.
Dhami said that the Quality Fact and Recommendation Report of NAAC Accreditation on Uttarakhand State would prove helpful in deciding the outline of the government’s work in the field of higher education. By providing necessary resources in the state, the government is trying to take higher education to remote areas. In its effort to take higher education even to the remote areas, the government is getting full cooperation from a prestigious institution like NAAC. Considering the difficult geographical conditions of the state, the regional centre of NAAC would prove to be a great gift to the state as well as to other neighbouring states. He said that the evaluation and accreditation of institutions is mandatory as per the provisions of the National Education Policy and it would definitely help to improve the quality of institutions in the state with the help of NAAC experts and teachers and officers working in the field of higher education.
Higher Education Minister Dr Dhan Singh Rawat said that this workshop would run for two days. At present, there are 35 universities, 119 government degree colleges, more than 300 private degree colleges in Uttarakhand. Students from almost all the states of the country and 19 countries come to study in Uttarakhand. In the last 5 years, the state government has provided principals and adequate faculty in all colleges in higher education. Special nodal officers would soon be appointed for each degree college to coordinate with NAAC. A target has been set to build 25 model colleges in the state by 2025.
On this occasion, Director of NAAC Bangalore, Prof SC Sharma, Chancellor, DIT University, N Ravi Shankar, Secretary, Higher Education, Shailesh Bagauli, Additional Secretary, Higher Education, Prashant Arya, Director, Higher Education, Dr Jagdish Prasad, Dr BS Penmudiraj and other dignitaries were among those present.