A college in Vikhroli, where three-fourths of the students attend night classes, has scaled the peak of academic excellence by getting an ‘A’ grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
Vikas College of Arts, Science and Commerce is now on par with richer, better-known institutions such as Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), and KC, HR and SIES colleges.
It is also the only night college in the country at present to receive such a high grade, with all other evening and night colleges having ‘B’ grade or lower, according to the NAAC website.
The college, which bettered its ‘B+’ grade, is rated higher than Mumbai university as per NAAC. While Vikas College scored a cumulative grade point average of 3.15, the Mumbai university has a score of 3.05, which was awarded last year when it was reaccredited with an ‘A’ grade. Colleges with scores between 3 and 4 are given an ‘A’ grade.
College officials attributed their success to working on the feedback in the previous NAAC report, including helping their teachers get PhDs and upgrading infrastructure.
“We were well prepared because we worked on the suggestions made in the previous report,” said PM Raut, the founder trustee of the college. “Our students are very talented. They work in the day and study at night.”