With the Panjab University’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council ( NAAC) certificate already lapsed and the varsity delaying its renewal, the functioning of top leadership at Panjab University is now being questioned.
NAAC website reported that PU accreditation had expired in January 2013.
“The letter of intent is pending before NAAC for the same,” the website said.
Well-placed sources at the varsity said that while the varsity should have begun the process of renewal in mid-2013, committees for the same were formed only in October.
The retirement of former dean of university instruction (DUI) Madhu Raka in November further delayed the process as the varsity registrar AK Bhandari, who also holds the charge of DUI, and PU did not initiate the process on time.
Of ficial sources said t hat while the lapsed accreditation may not impact the flow of funds for 2014-15, it would certainly raise questions regarding the image of the university.
The university used its A++ rating, given by National Assessment and Accreditation Council five years ago, to seek grants from various gover nment as well as private bodies, sources said.
The sources blamed the delay on the registrar and VC office.
“For a university which does not have clear status, rankings by private as well as NAAC rating is of great importance.
It raises serious questions about the functioning of top two officials of university,” a senator, who did not wish not to be named, told Hindustan Times.
Vice-chancellor AK Grover and registrar AK Bhandari were unavailable for comments.
The PU spokesman, when contacted, claimed that the letter of intent had been accepted by the NAAC.
“We will complete the remaining process in the stipulated time,” he said.
Explaining the delay, he said that accreditation was a cumbersome exercise which takes months to complete, adding that the delay would neither affect the rating or ranking of university nor the grants from the central government.
“Allocation of funds would be affected only if the process is not completed by March 2015,” a top official in PU said.