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Roadmap for higher studies

The education department will organise a workshop on February 24 for a discussion on a roadmap for higher education in Bihar and ways to improve the sector.

Senior officers of the department said the workshop would be held in accordance with the guidelines of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, a central scheme put in place last month. The scheme focuses on state governments setting up a higher education council and creating agencies for accrediting higher educational institutions.

State higher education director Sitaram Singh said: “This will be first workshop in Bihar which aims at discussing the road map of higher education according to the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan framework.”

He added that apart from focus on accreditation of colleges under National Assessment and Accreditation Council (Naac), the central scheme also seeks to provide financial assistance to state governments for improving the quality of education.

Representatives of 19 colleges to be developed as centres of excellence, UGC, Naac, registrar of all state universities and representatives of some private universities are likely to attend the workshop.

The workshop assumes significance as the state government has apparently decided to consider private universities for establishing campuses in Bihar.

Naac representatives are also likely to ask the colleges of Bihar to get accreditation from the agency. Institutes, which already have Naac accreditation, would be asked to improve their grade. Salary regularisation, introduction of semester system and enforcement of feedback mechanism are some of the aspects for Naac assessesment.