IITs agree to get accredited by NBA

After years of procrastination, IITs have agreed to get themselves accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). However, the HRD Ministry has given these premier institutions freedom to conduct the review themselves and submit the report to the NBA. IITs have been asked to put more efforts to reinvigorate its brand in order to enhance its chances of making it to esteemed ‘QS Ranking’ of best institutions.

The internal departmental review would be completed by December 2013. For external peer review, a panel of ten names of eminent persons from industry and academia would be sent to the HRD ministry by October 2013.

How would accreditation of IITs help India?

IITs accreditation would help India become a part of the Washington Accord, an international pact among accrediting agencies of 14 countries that recognizes engineering degree programmes of each other. India is currently a provisional member of the Washington Accord. One of the main criteria for any country to be part of the Accord is that its engineering degrees should be accredited.

Other Decisions:
The HRD Ministry also took a number of decisions on the basis of the recommendations made by the Anil Kakodkar committee in order to increase the number of PhDs from IITs. As per Kakodkar panel, at least 10,000 PhDs should be graduating from 2024-25. The HRD Ministry has also requested the chairman of National Coordination Board (NCB) of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) to allow third year BTech students from centrally funded technical institutions with Cumulative Performance Index of 7.00 to appear in GATE. The matter is under consideration of Kakodkar panel.

Month: Categories: India Current Affairs 2018


EC can reject nomination if nominee leaves columns blank or gives false info: Apex Court

The Supreme Court has said in a judgement allowing a writ petition by Resurgence India that it is voter’s elementary right to know full particulars of a candidate who is representing him in Parliament/Assemblies , and non- disclosure of information by a contestant in his/her affidavit, leaving the relevant columns blank, will result in rejection of the nomination by the Election Commission.

At present, the EC has no authority to reject nominations if candidates either leave some columns blank or give false information. However, a case can be registered against them under the Indian Penal Code for providing false information.

How is complete filling of affidavit along with the nomination paper important?

As per the apex court, the affidavit along with nomination papers filed by the nominee effectuates the fundamental right of the citizens under Article 19(1) (a) of the Constitution which provides for freedom of speech and expression. The Returning Officer (RO) can remind a candidate to fill the relevant information. In case the affidavit is left blank it becomes impossible for the Returning Officer to verify whether the candidate is qualified or disqualified. In the event of nominee not furnishing relevant information even after the reminder by the RO, the nomination paper is fit to be rejected. The candidate has an option to clearly mention ‘NIL’ or ‘Not Applicable’ or ‘Not known’ in the columns,” and should not leave them blank. Filing of affidavit with blanks will evoke Section 125 A (i) of the Representation of the People Act.

However, the court held that as the nomination itself is rejected by the Returning Officer as a punishment, he must not be penalized again for the same act by prosecuting him/her.


Month: Categories: Bills and Acts