New Delhi: Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) will also be taken into account for the speedy assessment and accreditation of higher educational institutes along with official agencies such as National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and National Board of Accreditation (NBA).

Javadekar said, “At present, only 15 per cent of the higher educational institutes in the country are accredited. We have asked IITs and IIMs to come together and create an agency which we can use to expedite the process of accreditation.” Speaking on the sidelines of the 4th World Summit of Accreditation, Javadekar added that the accreditation should be given to an institute based on the quality of education being offered and the learning outcome.

He added that 80 per cent weightage must be given to the learning outcome and peer reviews while deciding on the accreditation of an institute. He also said that apart from the key parameters, physical verification of the campus and infrastructure could be done with the help of satellites.

Javadekar said, “An institute which maintains quality will only survive and those who fail to do so will be out of business. Meanwhile, Higher Education Secretary R Subramanyam suggested that “no accreditation, no admission” should be taken up as a policy initiative from 2022-23 onwards in keeping with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a New India.

Addressing a panel discussion on the International Literacy Day, the HRD minister said the government would be rolling out a scheme where school students will be able to engage themselves in the literacy mission and provide education to people who are illiterates.