Abstract-1 (April 2020) Pritam Rajak

Pedagogy of Learning, Vol. 6 (2) April 2020, 01-13

Title: Growth of Higher Education Institutions in West Bengal with Special Reference to their Status of Accreditation

DOI: 10.46704/pol.2020.v06i02.001

Pritam Rajak, Research Scholar, Ph.D. in Educational Studies (Education), Ramakrishna Mission Sikshanamandira, Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal, India. E-mail: rajak.pritom@gmail.com

Swami Tattwasarananda, Professor, Ramakrishna Mission Sikshanamandira, Belur Math, Howrah, India.


            According to the National Policy on Education (1986), “Higher education provides people with an opportunity to reflect on the critical, social, economic, cultural, moral and spiritual issues facing humanity. It contributes to national development through dissemination of specialized knowledge and skills. It is therefore, a crucial factor for survival (NPE 1986, p.18). It is a type of tertiary education under the formal education system. In India, it has a tremendous growing sector, especially since independence. It recognized as India’s third-largest system of education after China and USA in terms of student enrolment. We all are aware of the fact of history of education, how Nalanda, Taxila, Vikramshila were being famous for their respective fields and specialization across the world. Although in British India, institutions for higher learning were increased at large, various issues and challenges were also emerged. The state of West Bengal has playing a pivotal role in the development of modern higher education system in the country.  Therefore, in view of the above backdrop, the present study has focused on how the scenario of West Bengal has been changed in its shape in terms of number of higher education institutions for higher learning particularly from independence. Further, it has also analyzed accreditation status of these institutions which evaluated by the NAAC for maintaining their standards and quality education in contribution to the national development and society as well.

Keywords: Growth of Higher Education, West Bengal, AISHE, NAAC