BANGALORE: The government will involve the Indian Centre for Assessment and Accreditation (ICAA) to rank government, private and deemed universities in the state, Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande said on Monday.
The minister informed the Council that some of the magazines were ranking varsities on their own by getting the assessment done through various agencies. “However, the criteria followed by these magazines in assessing colleges or universities are not known. In order to have a systematic study and ranking of universities, the government will involve ICAA in the process. Various aspects like governance, infrastructure and social impact will be taken into account while assessing,” he said.
Deshpande said 50 varsities, including government, private and deemed, will be assessed. “Ranking by a reputed agency will not only boost the image of top universities but also help in imparting quality education. The process of preparing guidelines for assessment will begin soon,” he added.
The minister said financial help will be offered to universities to update their websites. None of the varsities have details of the number of students who graduated and the companies where they are employed. “The job of a university does not end with producing graduates. Following up on where they are placed and how they are faring should be done,” he said. Besides, details of faculty and their research papers should be available online.
Referring to caste politics in Visvesvaraiah Technological University, Deshpande said he was unaware that the vice-chancellor, registrar (administration), registrar (evaluation) and finance officer were from unaided colleges and belonged to the same caste. He promised to look into it.
Help from Nabard
Deshpande said the government would borrow `121 crore from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) to construct college buildings. In the state, 272 colleges have buildings, 63 are constructing and 72 do not have buildings.