DIMAPUR, Sept 9 – With an aim to curtail mushrooming of higher educational institutions in Nagaland and to discourage non-serious players, Minister for Higher Education and Urban Development Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu yesterday announced that the State Education Committee on Higher Education has decided to enforce a new set of guidelines on opening of new colleges.
According to these new guidelines, the Trust applicant would be required to own at least five acres of land registered in its name, an endowment fund of Rs 10 lakh in the form of fixed deposit, an operating fund of Rs 10 lakh in the form of savings bank account, grant of provisional NOC for a period of two years, inspection of the college before renewal of NOC, etc.
Addressing the one-day seminar on ‘Best Practices’ for Principals and Coordinators of Secular Colleges in Nagaland in Kohima, Shürhozelie said the department intends to implement the guidelines strictly and encourage only serious players to start higher educational institutions in the State henceforth.
He also noted that the State has been lagging behind in NAAC assessment. He, however, expressed happiness that four government colleges and three private colleges have been accredited by NAAC during the last few years.
In the meantime, the Minister highlighted that only 10 government colleges and 15 private colleges, out of the total 15 government colleges and 41 secular private colleges in the State, are covered under 2(f) and 12(b) of the UGC Act, 1956, which means that the majority of the colleges have not met the requirements of the UGC norms.
In this regard, he pointed out that many of these uncovered colleges have been in existence for many years but are still lagging behind. He urged the Principals of these colleges to come out with concrete plans to upgrade their colleges to the required standards.