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National Conference on “Indian Higher Education: Quality Assurance, Accreditation & Ranking”

Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI), a National body representing wide spectrum of education sector and education service providers has organised a National Conference on “Indian Higher Education: Quality Assurance, Accreditation & Ranking” on 30th September, 2018 at Hotel Hindustan International, Kolkata. 150+ delegates of leading Government functionaries, Vice Chancellors, Academicians and Entrepreneurs are attended the National Conference.

Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE inaugurated the Conference.

Leading educationists deliberated upon the challenges and opportunities in the context of “Indian Higher Education: Quality Assurance, Accreditation & Ranking” in India at the National Conference of EPSI on 30.09.2018.

Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE inaugurated the conference and delivered his inaugural address. He said that how the Government and private can work together. He has informed that Quality assurance is a vital one for the institutions and has to come on their own and need not to wait for the Government to regulate. All institutions should go for Accreditation and NIRF and this will lead to healthy competition. He insisted that self introspection is necessary. Simultaneously he informed that we cannot expect all from every institutions, however, each and every one are having their own strength, the same has to be strengthened well. Every institution is having their best practices, so each other should follow and understand their strength and weaknesses. Accordingly they have to correct themselves. If all follows the same, the quality will improve automatically. Also he has informed that NAAC & NBA are totally different and both are different entity, working independently. NIRF will help to the institutions to compete with the other premier institutions at globally. He has also informed about the technology development.

Further, he has delivered a Special address and interacts with the stakeholders, wherein he has informed about the roles of AICTE and the adapted mechanism. He has also elaborated the difficulties being faced by the institutions. Hence he has asked the institutions to maintain quality and insisted to go for accreditation, as they are going to announce it mandatory.

Dr. H Chaturvedi, Alternate President, EPSI & Director, BIMTECH, Greater Noida in his Presidential address informed the present scenario about education system in India. Also he has stressed that the Government should give autonomy to the stakeholders of private educational institution so the GER could be increased. The affiliation system is to be abolished and the autonomous status of the institutions be given on priority. Also he has requested that the regulators should act as facilitators. While addressing he has emphasised the liberalisation of industry. Similarly, the education system also should come out of clutches and should have more autonomy. He also quoted the recent interview of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. He stressed that all the educational institutions should maintain the quality and should ensure that the regulators should appreciate the institutions. . He has also informed the Challenges being faced by the institutions, technologies and the job opportunities.

Mr. P Palanivel, Executive Secretary, EPSI delivered vote of thanks.

Prof. Saikat Maitra, Vice Chancellor, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, Kolkata, Dr. R P Singh, Secretary General, Quality Council of India, New Delhi, Dr. Amalendu Basu, Director of Technical Education, Govt. of West Bengal, Dr. H Chaturvedi, Alternate President, EPSI & Director, BIMTECH, Greater Noida, S. Taranjit Singh, Vice President, EPSI & Managing Director, JIS Foundation, Kolkata, S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Vice President, EPSI & Chancellor, Chandigarh University, Dr. Bhimaraya Metri, Director, Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirapalli, Prof Ashoke Ranjan Thakur, Vice Chancellor, Sister Nivedita University, Kolkata, Dr. Ajoy Ku Ray, Former Director IIEST and Dr. P N Razdan, Vice Chancellor, Dr. D Y Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune.