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Many Institutes running without AICTE Approval

Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) is among a list of institutions functioning in collaboration with foreign universities but without the approval of the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), the Rajya Sabha was told on Monday.

Minister of State for Human Resources and Development D Purandeswari said, “The ministry has displayed the enitre list of institutes running without AICTE approval on the council’s website www.Aicte.Ernet.In for information of students.”

The ministry has also issued public notices in this regards to draw the attention of the students.

To a separate question, the Minister said that in 2004-05 the dropout rate at primary stage was 29 per cent. Socio-economic and school related factors affect dropouts.

A multipronged approach has been adopted under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan for reducing dropout rates.

These include strengthening of schools and improving the quality of education through improvement in school infrastructure, recruitment of additional teachers, provision of annual school grants and regular training of teachers, besides regular academic support to teachers.

The mid-day meal program also complements the strategy to reduce dropout rates.

In reply to another query, the Minister said that the University Grants Commission(UGC), as part of its initiative to bring in academic reforms in higher education, has written to the universities about the need for reforming the external written examination and for making a beginning in this regard by introducing semester system.

The universities have been advised that the duration of the semester, number of contact hour per paper, per semester and relative weightage of continuous internal assessment and semester-end examination needs to be prescribed, the Minister said.

The semester system gives emphasis on continuous internal assessment and reduces the written examination component to a reasonable level.