“I strongly feel that all universities in Haryana should go for NAAC accreditation. In the process of preparing for accreditation, universities will come to know their strengths and weaknesses. This in turn makes them introspect and set right their weak points,” said Dattatraya after releasing the report titled ‘Quality Fact Sheet and Recommendations for the Government and Aided Higher Education Institutions of Haryana’ here at Raj Bhavan. The report has been prepared by the NAAC.
Urging NAAC to conduct more handholding activities for higher education institutions of Haryana so that they can achieve quality mandates in line with National Education Policy-2020, Shri Dattatraya said: “I expect Haryana to be a leading state as far as education is considered. The state has marched towards modernity by leaps and bounds.”
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He said that the recommendations given in the report to higher education institutions, state government and other stakeholders are very apt and will help quality enhancement of higher education institutions of Haryana. “In the context of the National Policy on Education-2020, some of the recommendations given in the book will give a lot of scope to improve the quality of government institutions,” he said.
“In order to ensure that students are well equipped with skills, an ecosystem needs to be developed on the campuses. Our higher education must be aligned to market needs and emerging job trends. The focus must be to train our students to be job givers. Through entrepreneurship and incubation centres, a difference has to be made. Run of the mill approach will not work. We have to think out of the box and have to translate our thinking into tangible results,” he said.
Reiterating that education is the first fatality of poverty, Dattatraya said: “We must ensure that our students get quality education. We all will agree to the fact that our resolve to realize the goal of ‘Ek Bharat, Sarvshrestha Bharat’ will be realized only when students from socially disadvantaged groups are supported financially and academically.”
Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Haryana, Anand Mohan Sharan, IAS, said that the pace of accreditation for higher education institutions in the state will be accelerated further. “Efforts are being made to ensure that higher education institutions in Haryana become a role model in every respect,” said Mohan.
Shyam Sundar, Senior Advisor, NAAC, threw light on how accreditation helps higher education institutions, and hence each of them should opt for assessment and accreditation. Senior officials from NAAC and Higher Education Department, Haryana along with other dignitaries were present on the occasion.