Government mulling autonomous colleges with stringent norms: Sibal

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Human resource development minister Kapil Sibal on Friday said the government was considering allowing new autonomous colleges to be set up independent of universities but with stringent quality parameters.

Addressing a meeting of principal secretaries and secretaries of higher education from various states here, Sibal said: “The government is thinking in terms of allowing the setting up of autonomous colleges.”

Elaborating on his idea, Sibal said: “Right now, there is no institution that starts as an autonomous college. But if it meets the right quality parameters, why not?”

He explained that in the present system a college would usually start with it being affiliated with university and then graduate to getting an autonomous status.

The minister’s day-long interaction with the officials was his first initiative to evolve a consensus of the states for reforms in the education sector.

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