The state government has devised its own way of grading universities and colleges. Colleges and universities in Maharashtra will now be graded on key performance indicators (KPIs), which have been drafted by the higher education department.
The KPIs will include factors such as research, evaluation, curriculum upgradation, teaching, grading and attendance.
In a bid to improve quality of education, the state has also made it compulsory for colleges to be accredited by national quality control bodies such as the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and National Board of Accreditation (NBA).
“Institutes will be graded as A (100%), B (90%), C (80%) and D (below 80%). The information on each KPI will also be put up on a website for students to read,” said a senior official from the education department.
The KPIs also place emphasis on research and other schemes undertaken by teachers. Five points have been allotted for minimum two activities undertaken by teachers. Another five points will be given if research or projects go up by 20 per cent each year.
Teachers will have to put in 180 days of work for five points and no points will be given if the average attendance of students is students is below 80 per cent. Higher the pass percentage of the college, more points will the institution get.
Colleges with a pass percentage of 100 per cent will get five points and no points will be allotted to colleges with a pass percentage of less than 60.
“We will also score colleges on methods they have put in place to prevent ragging. We will keep track on how colleges use their grants and how often they upgrade their curriculum and maintain their websites,” added the official.