Autonomy & Accountability
Para 10.1 of the NPE says “an overhaul of the system of planning and management of education will receive priority”. It also says that in this process, two of the “guiding considerations” will be: -
- “Decentralization and the creation of a spirit of autonomy for educational institutions”
- “Establishing the principle of accountability in relation to given objectives and norms”.
In view of the above, DIETs would need to be given adequate functional autonomy-academic, administrative and financial-and would at the same time be accountable laid down objectives and norms. They would be institutions of the State Government or UT Administration, and will therefore be ultimately answerable to them. The State government/UT Administration, and will therefore be ultimately answerable to them. The State Government/UT Administration may exercise its supervisory functions through the SCERT and SRC.
However, the immediate accountability of the DIET will be to the District Board of Education (DBE), which, according to the NPE, is to be created to manage education up to the higher secondary level. The DBE will set specific goals (in the long, medium and short term) and performance norms for the DIET. It will do so in consultation; with the Institute, and keeping in view general norms and guidelines lay down at the national and State levels. It will also review the Institute’s performance vis-à-vis such goals and norms on an ongoing basis. Till DBEs are set up, State Governments may; designate SCERT/SRC or some other suitable educational authority to perform the DBE’s functions vis-à-vis DIETs.