The government has assured it will quicken the process for renewing the accreditation of the University of Mumbai University.
The university’s five-star National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grading had expired in 2007 and not been renewed since. The government said the accreditation will be renewed in four months when Shiv Sena’s Member of Legislative Council, Deepak Sawant, raised the issue on Monday.
“There has been a delay in reapplying for the NAAC accreditation. However, I assure the House we will ensure the NAAC accreditation is renewed in the next four months,” Minister for Higher Education, Rajesh Tope, told the Legislative Council.
When members of the Opposition asked Tope why there was delay in getting the accreditation, Tope said the government will find out and take action if necessary.
The NAAC, set up by the University Grants Commission, is a body that grades an educational institution based on faculty, infrastructure and other parameters.
A NAAC accreditation increases the prestige of an institution and is now being prescribed as the standard in institutions across India.
The recently said only faculty from NAAC accredited colleges will be allowed to be part of administrative bodies of the university.
A NAAC accreditation is valid for five years after which an institution gets an extension of one year to re-apply.
The university had, however, not taken steps to apply for accreditation again.