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Mumbai : Without accreditation, new professional courses may not start

Apoorva Puranik, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, September 18, 2013
First Published: 08:41 IST(18/9/2013) | Last Updated: 09:09 IST(18/9/2013)

While the Mumbai University recently decided to disallow establishment of new colleges because of dwindling enrolment rates in traditional courses, technical colleges under the varsity, which have not yet been accredited by the National board of Accreditation (NBA), might not be allowed to start new professional courses or increase the number of divisions in their respective colleges.

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The NBA is a body set up by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

While traditional arts, science and commerce colleges are accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), the NBA gives a quality certificate to professional and technical institutes.

According to NAAC-NBA rules, all institutes, after six years of being established, must acquire accreditation from the agency.

H owe ve r, according to this rule, around 50 new colleges under the university will be barred from establishing any new courses until the time they are eligible to get an accreditation from NAAC-NBA.

“This is just a plan. Suggestions have been made by the premier accreditation body,” said Naresh Chandra pro-vice chancellor.

“Though quality assurance is a must before allowing new courses to begin, this matter is yet to be finalised,” the chancel lor said.

However, a university senate member said that while the quality assurance clause was valid and important, the university should be addressing the issue of dwindling enrol ments instead.

“This should be the universi ty’s priority, rather than simply implementing new rules,” the member and added, “The varsity takes the NAAC too seriously Look at Delhi or even Gujarat for that matter.”


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