These academies coming up at Thiruvananthapuram, Guwahati, Baroda, and Jaipur will have eight segments that are semester- based. These statements came on Sunday on the sidelines of 'The National Conference on Indian Higher Education: Quality Assurance, Accreditation & Ranking.
The sole motive of AICTE is to establish such academies to produce motivated teachers who will be acquainted with a new change in technology for the technical education sector. The teacher’s training course will be outlined correspondingly.
All four academies are predicted to be functional within two years. The Jaipur teacher’s training academy covering 2 acres of land will be operating within one and a half years while the others could take a few more months. These academies will be built on lands free of cost provided by the state govt.
Earlier the West Bengal govt. was approached for 1 acre of land to set up the teacher’s training academy but there was no response, however, the officials of AICTE are still hopeful for a future response from the Bengal govt.
AICTE is suggesting technical educational institutions to get its accreditation within a period of four years. Based on the benchmarks and standards of education and other measures, these universities will be granted excellent ratings for a time frame of six years and a good rating for a period of four years.
The institutions that have applied for accreditation but missed on excellent or good rating, will be granted the status of “applied for”. The chairman of AICTE further said that the accreditation status of these institutions will be uploaded on the official website of AICTE. The accreditation will help these universities revamp their curriculum in sync with modern technology. It will assist innovation in research projects and undertaking autonomy. This will contribute to an impede growth in the academic excellence of these institutions, the chairman for AICTE added.
At present, barring the IITs, not many Indian engineering colleges are known globally for imparting quality education, so this is the need for the hour of change. AICTE initiated four new schemes last year — Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, Trainee Teacher Scheme, Adjunct Faculty Scheme, and Margdarshan or Mentorship scheme. Mentioning the Margdarshan scheme, Sahasrabudhe said that an independent reputed institution or govt / self-financed institution approved by AICTE will guide ten technical institutions for their academic elevation. AICTE is currently focusing on accreditation of 30- 50 % of technical institutions in the coming two years and aims to accredate 100 % in the next four years.