College rankings by the state, for the state will be reality soon in Rajasthan. With the Rajasthan state government annual auditing program (AAP) moving at full pace, the 252 government colleges in Rajasthan will get evaluated and ranked by the state government. The higher education department had initially planned to complete its first phase in late October. However as of now, training is being provided to officers and employees to fulfil this task.
The main aim of the college rankings by state government will be to develop development plans for them, the colleges, as per their ranks. It is planned that the evaluation will be designed based on 130 points for ranking.
NAAC grading is given to higher educational institutions by the Human Resource Department of the Central Government. In view of the continuous evaluation of colleges, the government started this initiative “AAP”. Through these efforts are being made to create an environment of healthy competition among these institutes and to make these institutes get recognized outside the state also. Education department says that those colleges who have low rankings will be examined and efforts will be made to improve their ranking.
Teams are being trained on 8 bases on which colleges are being provided with the rankings.
This program has been started keeping in view the real need for continuous evaluation and preparation of plans based on reports for better results in colleges. Assessment of colleges in teaching system, student aid centred system, institutional arrangement, institutional management, development opportunities to faculty members, qualitative evaluation of faculty members, social development of institutions and exemplary works by partnerships and institutions are included.
Training is being imparted to the chairpersons and in charge of the District Resource Assistance Committees of 33 districts. First of all, colleges will fill their report in evaluation format, the cost will then be verified by the team of members coming from different colleges. More than 50 teams are being formed for this state-level assessment work.
Instructions are being given to speed up the preparation for ranking were the first phase of evaluation of colleges was to end till the last week of October. The department has also asked the principals of all colleges to start its preparations and be ready for evaluation. This scheme has been introduced for qualitative improvement in higher education, making institutions accountable to society and playing an important role in guiding the youth. Now the process of giving ranking for this year is going on.
According to pradeep kumar, Board, Commissioner, College Education “The training of teams is going on for ranking government colleges. The team is putting its best efforts to provide the ranks in this year only.” Initial reports on the auditing program were published last month, announcing plans for such a program and initiation of basic steps in this direction.