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Nagaland fares poorly in Hr Edn in NE
Correspondent Kohima, Feb 3 (NPN):
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Published on 4 Feb. 2009 5:42 PM IST
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Though Nagaland ranks high in literacy rate that stood at 67% yet it occupied the second lowest position in the Gross Enrolment Ratio(GER) at the higher education level, at a paltry 5 % a little ahead of Tripura among the north eastern states. The national GER stands at 11 %. In the north east, Meghalaya has the highest GER at 10.54% followed by Mizoram with 10.51% ,Assam with 8.67% ,Manipur 7.39% ,Arunachal 6.3% and Tripura at 4.37%. The statistics were revealed Tuesday afternoon at the educational symposium held in the Kohima Science College by Director Higher and Technical Education Mr A.M.Toshi. He also said the Planning Commission at its recent deliberation in New Delhi has also asked Nagaland to improve the GER to 9% in the coming years. In university rankings, NEHU(Meghalaya) equaled Gauhati University with both sharing four stars. NEHU’s success may be understood from the fact that it started sometime in 1974 while Gauhati University started in 1948. Following the two top universities in the region, in order of merit include: Rajiv Gandhi University Itanagar (B), Dibrugarh University (B), Manipur University (B), Nagaland University (C++) and Tripura University (C+). Toshi also revealed that out of the total 50 colleges in Nagaland , only 22 colleges are permanently affiliated to Nagaland University, out of which only 11 colleges are recognized to get UGC assistance. As per the NAAC grading, Shillong holds the unique distinction of leading in the standards ranking in the region, with three colleges-St.Anthony’s, St.Edmunds and St.Mary’s earning five star category respectively. Assam’s Cotton College was also graded in the same bracket besides the science college in Jorhat which earned a single star grading. Other colleges ranked by the NAAC in the Northeast include- Patkai Christian College (B++) and St. Jospeh College Jakhama (C+). Altogether 227 colleges have been accredited by the NAAC as on Mach 31, 2007 in the region of which 192 are in Assam, 9 in Mizoram, 8 in Meghalaya, 7 in Manipur, 5 in Arunachal, 4 in Tripura and 2 in Nagaland. In Nagaland, out of the total 50 recognized colleges in the state, only two colleges – Patkai Christian College and St. Joseph College Jakhama - has the accreditation of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). In this regard, the Director informed that any college which has completed five years of affiliation with NU can seek NAAC assessment and accreditation. Out of the total 375 universities in the country, 130 universities, including Nagaland University (NU), have the NAAC accreditation. As per NAAC rating, NU, the only university in the state, is rated C++. While urging for increase in the GER ratio in the state, he also expressed concern at the explosion of degree holders in the state, saying this should be a matter of concern for the government, planners and the public. He stated that the state produces about 4000 graduates every year which includes about 300 to 400 technical and other professionals. If the same trend is allowed (4000 graduates every year both employable and unemployable) to continue every year, the state would be taken to ransom, he said and stressed that proper manpower planning is the need of the hour. Referring to the demand for better pay package for the teachers, the Director said the government teachers are drawing enough salary while contending that it is time for them to evaluate themselves whether they are drawing salary for half work times, full times or excess times.

 
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