Higher Education Current Affairs - 2020

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Five Documents developed by UGC released

On December 26, 2019, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry released five documents that were developed by UGC covering five verticals of quality mandate. The documents covered eco-friendly and sustainable university campuses, evaluation reforms, human values and professional ethics, academic research integrity and faculty induction.

Highlights

The document provides new guidelines for values and ethics in higher education. The guidelines are being launched at a time when the student involvement in political issues has come under scrutiny.

Significance

The documents will help improve the quality of institutions of higher education in the country. The implementation of evaluation reforms in higher educational institutions will help achieve high learning outcomes. The documents are released to support administration in making right and timely decision.

“India Ranking Society” established to rank educational institutes

On December 2, 2019, the Ministry of Human Resource Development informed Lok Sabha that the “Indian Ranking Society” was approved by the ministry in August 2019. The aim of the society is to develop methodologies and systems to rank higher educational institutions in the country. The proposal was approved in the 127th meeting of the AICTE Executive Council.

NIRF Ranking

At present, the educational institutes of the country are ranked according to the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). It includes 5 broad generic groups of parameters namely teaching, learning and resources; graduation outcomes; perception; outreach and inclusivity; research and professional practice.

The next NIRF ranking will be released in April 2020 as scheduled.

Significance

The Indian Ranking, 2019 ranked the higher educational institutes based on the categories Pharmacy, Engineering, management, law, architecture, medicine. However, the new ranking system will help bring improvement in every category. This is because the new system will include professional categories and generic group parameters as well. Also, it will help to form a healthy environment.