A two-day national seminar on “Assessment of Higher Educational Institutions by NAAC: Problems & Prospects” began under the aegis of Maharaja Bodhchandra College, Palace Compound Imphal at its campus on Saturday. The seminar was sponsored by Directorate of University & Higher Education, Government of Manipur.
The inaugural function of the seminar was attended by Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam Singh, Manipur University Vice-Chancellor Prof Adya Prasad Pandey, Dean, School of Human & Environmental Science Prof Arun Kumar of Manipur University, Associate Prof Dr A Bimol Akoijam, Dept of Sociology & Technical Education, JNU, New Delhi, and Joint Director, Higher & Technical Education Govt of Manipur Lourembam Iboyaima.
Delivering his speech Radheshyam Singh said teachers and students should know the process and procedure of NAAC assessment. The Education Minister highlighted about equity, accessibility and quality which are the key factors of quality education. He also briefed about NAAC and its significance on bringing quality in education and accessibility. He also highlighted about the condition of higher education in Manipur for not having regular teachers.
Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University Prof Pandey said, “To improve the quality of education, the Govt. of India has already initiated several reforms in the higher education sector which encompass not only governance reforms in the institutions but also in the regulatory structures of the higher education system. A society can be changed by the facilities and benefits given by the higher education like research work, professionalization and skill development.”
Principal of the Maharaja Bodhchandra College Dr Mairembam Chandra Singh, Dr RK Indira, Convenor of the organizing committee, Prof Arun Kumar, Dr A Bimol Akoijam also spoke on the occasion. Of the 73 colleges of Manipur, 22 colleges have been accessed by NAAC.
Two Academic Sessions will be held during the seminar which will be chaired by L Randhoni Devi, Ex-Principal, Imphal College and Prof S Dorendrajit Singh, Director IQAC, Manipur University.
Each session consists of four themes which will be deliberated by resource persons from different universities and colleges of the state as well as from other states.