In a first, Haryana will launch an administrative, academic, financial audit of private universities
As a first step, the government of Haryana is ready to launch an in-depth audit (academic, administrative and financial) of all private universities in the state. The audit, which will be conducted by the Quality Council of India (QCI), is expected to take approximately 45 days from the start date until the submission of the final report to the State Government Department of Higher Education. .
Higher Education Department officials said QCI quoted an estimated Rs 4 lakh (excluding GST) per university for the audit. The private universities will bear the travel, subsistence, board and lodging expenses of the evaluators during their visit to the universities.
In Haryana, there are 10 state universities, 24 private universities, 97 government-subsidized private colleges, 171 government colleges, two public colleges of education, 86 self-funded graduate colleges, and 475 self-funded B.Ed colleges.
The decision was made after the Department of Higher Education received complaints of alleged breaches of the Haryana Private University Act 2006 from three private universities.
Anand Mohan Sharan, additional chief secretary of the higher education department, said show cause notices had been issued to three private universities. “Their responses are being reviewed by the Department of Higher Education, following which action (if necessary) will be taken in the coming days,” he said.
Government of Haryana, in the Private University of Haryana Act 2006, under the section – Powers of Government to inspect University and Academic and Administrative Audit – Clause 44 and the following sub-clauses detail the power of the state government to “ensure quality at different levels of higher education”. education as well as the action plan that will be followed”.
It is learned that the file requesting approval to start the audit was sent to CM Manohar Lal Khattar through Minister of Education Kanwar Pal.
According to the methodology offered by QCI, a nine-step approach will be adopted to carry out the audit. It would start with “1. Formation of a committee of experts by NABET (National Accreditation Board for Education and Training) – QCI: A committee made up of eminent educationalists with a background in the requirements of academic, administrative and financial audit and of acts of universities will be constituted.The committee would be responsible for the review and input on the framework, adopted methodology, formats, reports, etc. developed by NABET-QCI. Development of audit framework: NABET-QCI in consultation with the Department of Higher Education, Government of Haryana will develop an audit framework (based on the Haryana Private University Act), the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) framework, quality standards, etc. The framework will cover all aspects of academic, administrative and financial audit 3. Online Capacity Building – NABET- QCI will undertake online capacity building programs for on institutes and stakeholders. 4. Group of evaluators: Depending on the evaluation volume, QCI will recruit evaluators to carry out the evaluation in the field. Assessors will be trained on project requirements, framework, reporting, etc.
As part of its methodology, QCI will also involve private universities – “Self-assessment by universities on the framework developed by NABET-QCI for auditing: Self-assessment is a tool for assessing the current state and the maturity of the functioning of the university. The university will have to carry out a self-assessment and submit the required documents. The self-assessment will serve as a reference document for the evaluators to carry out the physical audit. 6. Review of self-assessment and documents: Submitted documents and information should be reviewed by the NABET Secretariat and deficiencies, if any, should be marked for verification during the physical visit. »
It will be followed by a physical audit – “Physical audit: three evaluators for three days will audit a university. The audit will be based on the developed framework and different methods such as observation, interviews, interactions, meetings, etc. will be used to collect the information. The on-site audit will also serve as verification of the data submitted during the self-assessment. All information reported by the university will need to be supported by evidence to support the claims made,” the QCI proposed.
Once all the parameters have been completed, a draft report including the evaluators’ observation on each parameter as well as comments must be prepared. “Comments will be based on documentary evidence, processes and interactions with those involved in the process. The draft report will be submitted to NABET-QCI. The same will be reviewed by the expert committee, finalized and the final report will be submitted to the Department of Higher Education, Haryana. The reports will be specific to each institute,” the QCI proposed.