Delhi University colleges will have to be cleared by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) if they want to continue receiving grants from the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The commission has written to the vice chancellor of DU, asking him to inform all colleges about the public notice it issued in December last year. The notice says that the university and all colleges must apply for accreditation by June 1.
In case the application is not submitted in time, their funding may be discontinued in 2015.
The university has been asked to put the notice on its website.
Accreditation has been a point of contention in DU for quite some time now with detractors saying that it could hamper the growth of smaller and newer colleges.
“Accreditation will basically look at the infrastructure in college, the results, etc. There are still many colleges in DU that do not have the best of these things but they serve a very important role. We have seen in the past that such accreditation will lead to ranking which will create an imbalance. In DU, we tell students that every college is the same. Once accreditation and ranking is in place, we won’t be able to say that,” said a senior professor on condition of anonymity.
Others pointed out how accreditation can lead to fund cuts on the basis of ranking.
“This will be damaging to institutions that need the extra money to make sure they do better,” said another teacher.