Kerala to start State Assessment and Accreditation Council

educationKerala government’s plan to become the first state in the country to set up an assessment and accreditation council at the state level for higher educational institutions.

Reportedly, the reason for delay is being attributed to Education Minister over the file for the creation of the post of Director and other staff for the proposed institution to be named Kerala State Assessment and Accreditation Council (KSAAC).

The state-level institution will function on the lines of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) at the Centre.

The delay in constituting KSAAC has prompted Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to intervene. Chandy has reportedly expressed his displeasure to the Education Minister over the issue.

The Chief Minister is understood to have given his assent to the name of a senior academician proposed by Additional Chief Secretary (Higher Education) K M Abraham.

Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb said that the delay was not deliberate. “Such important decisions need to be taken only after proper discussions with all stakeholders. I am hopeful that the Cabinet will take a decision on giving final shape to KSAAC within a few days,” he said. He also denied reports that political affiliation was also a factor in deciding the new Director for KSAAC, reported New Indian Express.[Source]

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