GUWAHATI: The inability of many colleges of the State to get accredition from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has left Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma worried. He said that all government colleges must go for NAAC assessment and failure to do so would bring penal actions such as salary reductions of principals and faculty members.
NAAC accreditation ensures the quality status of educational institutions. NAAC is a Central Government organization, which conducts assessment and accreditation of higher educational institutions such as colleges, universities etc. In Assam, many colleges has succeeded in getting NAAC accreditation, such as Arya Vidyapeeth College, B Borooah College, Barpeta Girls' College, Anandaram Dhekial Phookan College, Nagaon, Bajali College etc.
The Chief Minister also expressed concern over the degradation in High and LP Schools' education despite more teacher recruitment in the State. He said that from next year Gunotsav will be organized to assess the aptitude of students and teachers in the schools. He added that the State Government was setting up a special committee for centralized recruitment of college teachers in Assam.
Chief Minister Sarma on Tuesday handed over appointment letters to 130 Assistant Professors of colleges, 16 Grade III employees in colleges, 17 compassionate appointees, 560 teachers in 88 provincialized HS schools at a programme held at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, organized by the Secondary and Higher Education Departments.
He said, "The State Government is striving to make higher and secondary education in the State holistic and contemporary through transparent teacher recruitment. Future generations cannot be burdened with inefficient teachers who will hamper the development of able citizens for the country." He further said that teachers have a very important role to play in setting good examples in society and therefore, they should not object to attendance monitoring of teachers through RIIMS App in schools as discipline is must in society.
Informing that State Government is taking steps to set up more schools, colleges and universities, the Chief Minister said that Higher Secondary classes are being separated from colleges as per NEP 2020 while taking steps to ensure an adequate number of science teachers in the schools. Structure, pedagogy and curriculum will be prepared in sync with NEP 2020 taking ideas from best practices in other States, he said.