EPSI’s National Conference on “Quality Assurance, Accreditation & Ranking” held at Chennai on 6th October, 2017 addressed by Dr Anil D Sahsrabudhe, Dr G Viswanathan and Dr H Chaturvedi
The Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) has recently organised a National Conference on “Quality Assurance, Accreditation & Ranking of Engineering Institutions: Challenges & Opportunities” at Chennai on 6th October, 2017. More than 400 vice chancellors, academicians, government functionaries and entrepreneurs participated in this Conference. Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE has inaugurated the Conference. Mr. Manish Kumar, Managing Director and CEO, National Skill Development Corporation, was the Guest of Honour. Dr A K Nassa, Member Secretary, NBA delivered his address through Skype.
Dr H Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH & Alternate President, EPSI was the curator of the conference and the author of the Theme Paper which has encapsulated the two major sub-themes as well as the key objectives of the Conference. Our faculty, Dr Meena Bhatia was one of the Panellists in the Session-II and spoke on the new norms of NBA’s Accreditation.
Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE inaugurated the conference and delivered his inaugural address. He said that the Government and private sector can work together. Prof Sahasrabudhe affirmed that Quality assurance is vital for the technical institutions and these institutions have to come on their own and need not to wait for the Government to issue regulators. All should wilfully avail the Accreditation and NIRF opportunities and this will give them sustenance. He said that we cannot expect everything from each of the institutions, however, each and every one is having their own strength the same has to be reinforced well.
Every institution is having its best practices. Hence, one should follow and understand their own strengths and weaknesses. Accordingly they have to correct themselves. If all follow similar approaches, quality will improve automatically. NAAC & NBA are totally different and both are different entity, working independently headed. NIRF will help Indian institutions compete with other premier institutions globally. Later Dr Sahasrabudhe also chaired the session “Creating Start-up Eco system in Engineering Colleges by setting up Incubation Centres”, wherein he clarified the role of AICTE in promoting entrepreneurship.
Mr. Manish Kumar, Managing Director and CEO, National Skill Development Corporation, New Delhi, delivered his address on “Transforming Skill Landscape of India”. He said that the skill development is the only way to improve the human capital. The Below Poverty Line (BPL) ratio is 21%, and to overcome the same educational institutions have to come forward to develop Skill development. NSDL is funding the private sector to set up sustainable vocational training business. There are many opportunities available, including software development. All such developments can happen through Public Private Partnership. We should also work on Skill Universities which will help. He has asked the institutions to take advantage of NSDL.
Dr. Anil K Nassa, Member Secretary, National Board of Accreditation (Through Skype) delivered his address on “New Accreditation Norms of NBA & NIRF Ranking”. He informed that currently they have modified the system of NIRF based on the suggestions received from the institutions. Transparency is being maintained fully. He also explained the modalities of NIRF that have been followed.
Dr. G Viswanathan, President, EPSI, Founder & Chancellor, VIT University, Vellore in his Presidential address spoken about the present scenario prevailing in the education system of India. He has also emphasized that the Government should give autonomy to the stakeholders of private educational institution so the GER could be increased. The affiliation system is to be abolished and the autonomous status of the institutions be given on priority. He was of the view that the regulators should act as facilitators.
Dr. H Chaturvedi, Alternate President, EPSI & Director, BIMTECH, Greater Noida, delivered his address on the theme of the conference. He has also talked about challenges being faced by the institutions due to disruptive technologies and the shrinking job opportunities. He elaborated on the theme of the conference and explained that all the issues which were to be deliberated upon in the Conference. He dwelt upon the challenges of Industry 4.0, Disruptive technologies like Artificial intelligence, IoT, Virtual Reality etc. He said Winners Take All approach is a dangerous phenomenon. Jobs are vanishing (47% US jobs vanish in next 5 years). Developing students for the future roles is responsibility of all institutions. He also spoke on how to generage jobs by selling up new Incubation Centres and making the Engineering education viable, cutting edge, globally competitive.
Dr. Prashant Bhalla, President, Manav Rachna Educational Institutions and Treasurer, EPSI said: “Engineering graduates have a strategic and long-term impact on productivity growth in industry and service sectors. However, with automation and other emerging technologies replacing most process-based jobs, employability of engineering graduates has become more challenging. Higher Education, in general and engineering education in particular, requires a total transformation in order to meet the needs of employers and challenges faced by professional communities. Dr. Mazharvizhi, Chairman, Shri Krishna Group of Institutions, Coimbatore delivered vote of thanks.
Apart from the above dignitaries, senior educationists Dr. M R Jayaram, Chancellor, M S Ramaiah University of Applied Sci., Bangalore, Mr. Muthu Singaram (CEO, Incubation at Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras), Prof. V B Nanda Gopal (Chief Executive, JSS Academy of Technical Education, Bangalore), Prof. Dr. S Sivasubramanian (Advisor-Research & Development, VELS University, Chennai), Prof. D P Agrawal (Former Chairman, UPSC, Former Joint Technical Advisor, IIT Delhi & Former Director, IIITM Gwalior), Prof. Dr. N Jayasankaran (Advisor, VIT Business School, Vellore), Dr. K. Sundraraman, CEO, Sri Krishna Institutions Coimbatore, Prof. (Dr) R S Bawa (Vice Chancellor, Chandigarh University, Punjab), Dr. Meena Bhatia (Associate Professor, BIMTECH, Gr. Noida) were the other key speakers of the conference and delivered their addresses.
Dr Meena Bhatia was one of the Panellist in a Session on “New Accreditation Norms of NMA and NIRF Ranking”. She said that one of the major changes in the norms of NBA Accreditation is the Outcome Based Education. It is essential that the programmes not only define their outcomes but also measure it, to measure for mapping outcomes clearly defined processes needs to be put in place. To start with, the department’s Vision and Mission must be in sync with that of institute’s Vision and Mission and the Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs) must be in consonance with the Vision and Mission of the department. The Programme outcomes (POs) are prescribed by NBA in the self-assessment report, these POs need to be mapped with courses and course outcomes (COs) and each course outcome needs to be assessed by using an appropriate assessment tool. After assessment, faculty and the programme need to discuss the actions for curriculum improvement on the basis of variance between attainment level and target level set for the POs. This whole exercise is directed towards continuous improvement of the teaching/learning process.