NAAC and NIRF Will Now Determine Autonomy Status for Universities

Sarika Rana updated on : 21 Nov 2016

HRD Minister recently announced the determination of university autonomy status by NAAC and NIRF. Read on to know more!

NAAC and NIRF Will Now Determine Autonomy Status

According to the HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) will determine autonomy for universities across the country. From now onwards, institutions with good ranking will have 100 percent autonomy, while average institutes will have 50 percent autonomy and institutions with poor performance rate will have 10 percent autonomy in their working.

The aim to give away this responsibility to NAAC and NIRF is to revisit the policy and develop a proper framework to bring autonomy in the sector. Institutes with the maximum autonomy will get the authority to decide course structure, course fee and research partnership. On the other hand, institutes falling under low autonomy will go through regular audits and constant scrutiny by regulators.

The government is focusing on encouraging research and innovation at the university level to add value to the system. The government also has plans to create a conducive research environment in the country.

Following are the various programmes initiated by the government to enhance the quality of education and give a push to this sector-

  1. Uchhatar Avishkar Yojana (UAY)
  2. Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN)
  3. Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA)
  4. Global Research Interaction Network (GRIN)
  5. Impacting Research Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT)
  6. Step towards Improving Quality of Education

Apart from this development, the government plans to launch 20 world-class institutes to promote research and innovation. These universities will have full autonomy and will aim at improving their overall structure in the higher education sector.

Talking about secondary education, the government has planned to re-introduce class 10 board examinations from the year 2017 in CBSE schools.


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