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NE States not availing funds for research

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 23 � The National Testing Service (NTS), India, a Central scheme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, today regretted that Assam and the other North-east States were not coming forward to avail of the Central funds meant for research, training and evaluation in the field of education.

It needs to be mentioned here that the NTS is entrusted with the mission to evolve a centralized mechanism to cater to the evaluation requirements of the country and also to submit a set of recommendations to the government of India on academic auditing.

Head of the NTS Prof P Subbiah said that to maintain the quality of education in the country, it was necessary to develop materials and methodology for creating norms at various levels of education.

�The country is not in a position to enforce academic auditing because there is no proper mechanism for academic auditing,� said Subbiah observing that as there was no clearly defined criteria acceptable to all schools and universities of the country, the NTS is preparing the norms for the 10+2 and degree level.

�By the end of this year we will be able to submit our report,� said Subbiah, adding that the NTS would create the norms for all the seven levels of the education system.

The NTS is also developing instruments of evaluation in the discipline of language and literature which would be standardized through 60 regional field units (RFU) across the country.

A grant-in-aid has been created within the NTS to extend financial support to individuals and institutions for developing materials and manpower in evaluation. Also 45 research fellowships in Hindi, Tamil and Urdu have been instituted to encourage young researchers to take up advance studies in these disciplines. �But so far we have not received response from Assam to our programmes,� said Subbiah.

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NE States not availing funds for research

GUWAHATI, March 23 � The National Testing Service (NTS), India, a Central scheme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, today regretted that Assam and the other North-east States were not coming forward to avail of the Central funds meant for research, training and evaluation in the field of education.

It needs to be mentioned here that the NTS is entrusted with the mission to evolve a centralized mechanism to cater to the evaluation requirements of the country and also to submit a set of recommendations to the government of India on academic auditing.

Head of the NTS Prof P Subbiah said that to maintain the quality of education in the country, it was necessary to develop materials and methodology for creating norms at various levels of education.

�The country is not in a position to enforce academic auditing because there is no proper mechanism for academic auditing,� said Subbiah observing that as there was no clearly defined criteria acceptable to all schools and universities of the country, the NTS is preparing the norms for the 10+2 and degree level.

�By the end of this year we will be able to submit our report,� said Subbiah, adding that the NTS would create the norms for all the seven levels of the education system.

The NTS is also developing instruments of evaluation in the discipline of language and literature which would be standardized through 60 regional field units (RFU) across the country.

A grant-in-aid has been created within the NTS to extend financial support to individuals and institutions for developing materials and manpower in evaluation. Also 45 research fellowships in Hindi, Tamil and Urdu have been instituted to encourage young researchers to take up advance studies in these disciplines. �But so far we have not received response from Assam to our programmes,� said Subbiah.