State government forms iCare to enhance the quality of education

Pranita Roy
Saturday, 13 October 2018

In order to improve quality of education and rankings of State educational institutions, Maharashtra government has established Indian Centre for Academic Ranking and Excellence (iCare) for 13 universities and 100 colleges in the State.

Pune: In order to improve quality of education and rankings of State educational institutions, Maharashtra government has established Indian Centre for Academic Ranking and Excellence (iCare) for 13 universities and 100 colleges in the State.

The Higher and Technical Education Department of State government has issued a notification stating that iCare has been formed to raise the quality of education in the institutes and guide the educational institutions on upgrading its ranking in National Institutional Rank Framework (NIRF). It will function for five years in this regards.

The State has approved and disbursed Rs 30 lakh for this centre. However, universities will have to pay a fee of Rs 75,000 and colleges of Rs 20,250 annually for five years to receive their consultancy, stated Additional Secretary (Education) Nitin Anant Pandharkame.

iCare will design the framework according to the necessity of each institution after analysing their 
academic requirements. Prafulla Pawar, Director of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and officiating registrar of SPPU said, “Such efforts will help create awareness amongst all stakeholders and also build a spirit of competition for betterment among the educational institutions including universities. The consultancy fee is worth if the educational institutions make best out of it.”

However, he couldn’t explain the need of such agency for top performing universities like SPPU.

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