Creation of the panel by the Ministry of Education to strengthen the evaluation and accreditation of higher education institutions

The panel will be chaired by Dr K Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Kanpur. He is also the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the IIT Council.

A senior MoE official said, “The mandate of the committee includes strengthening assessment and accreditation processes and preparing a road map for the National Accreditation Council envisioned in the National Education Policy, 2020. India has one of the largest and most diverse educational systems in the world.”

“Accreditation plays a vital role in making quality assurance an integral part of the operation of higher education institutions. Accreditation helps institutions understand their strengths and weaknesses through an informed review process, thereby facilitating the identification of internal areas of planning and resource allocation by them,” the official said.

Other members of the committee include Mridul Hazarika, Vice Chancellor, Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya, Assam; Bharat Bhasker, Professor, IIM, Lucknow and Joint Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education.

“The accreditation status of any higher education institution serves as a source of reliable information for students, employers and society about the quality of education offered at the institution,” said the civil servant

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