Fetters await ‘free’ education agency

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The new “independent” higher education accreditation authority promised by Kapil Sibal may remain crucially dependent on the human resource development ministry in the selection of its members, potentially limiting its autonomy in taking decisions.

Unlike the proposed National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) to regulate higher education, the promised accreditation body is likely to be picked through an HRD ministry selection process, top government officials have said.

The indications have come from the first draft of the National Authority for Regulation in Accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions Bill, 2009, to create the new agency. The Telegraph has access to the draft.

HRD minister Sibal, announcing his 100-day agenda of action, had promised an “independent authority for mandatory accreditation of all higher educational institutions” along with the NCHER to subsume India’s myriad regulators.

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