The Mumbai University authorities are trying hard to get the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) five-star rating restored, which the university lost in 2006.
Replying to a question about the university’s NAAC rating raised by Deepak Sawant, Shiv Sena legislator, and others in the state legislative council, Maharashtra minister for higher education Rajesh Tope admitted that the NAAC status of the university lapsed four years ago.
The NAAC grades an educational institution on the basis of faculty, infrastructure and other parameters. Such accreditation increases the prestige of an institution and is now being used as a standard in institutions across the country. Almost all important universities and colleges in the country have NAAC ratings.
The minister said the Mumbai University has initiated the re-application process and submitted a letter of intent to the body on May 31, 2007. It would be finalised for the consideration of NAAC by December this year.
“After these formalities, the NAAC would take an appropriate step for restoration of the status,” added Tope.
Answering another question, the minister admitted that the Mumbai University got representation of failed students of MA (Political Science) and BSc (IT) about irregularities in valuation of papers.
Students have appeared in the examination in August this year. The university appointed an expert committee of teachers to revaluate the answer papers. Similarly, the university sought an explanation from the teachers, who had examined those answer papers.