Fifteen Bihar colleges lost their accreditation as they failed to renew it before the expiry of its five-year validity, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) said on Wednesday.
Only two colleges - Patna Women's College and St Xavier's College of Education - managed to renew their accreditation. Both the colleges were awarded A grade status. The state now has just 21 accredited institutions.
The colleges were accredited by the NAAC, which assesses and accredits institutions of higher education in India, on or before May 25, 2005.
The NAAC has warned institutions flaunting old accreditation and misleading students of stringent action.
"Institutions are advised not to use the status of accreditation after the validity period has lapsed. This amounts to misleading the stakeholders in general and in particular the students and the public," it said.
Of the 15 institutes that have lost their accreditation, 12 are from the Lalit Narayan Mithila University (LNMU). However, the university still has the highest number of accredited institutions in the state at 14.
Bihar has around 290 colleges recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC), but very few are accredited.
The BN Mandal University and the JP University have just one accredited college each, while the Patna University and the TM Bhagalpur University have two each; Magadh University has three. Among the new accreditations, AN College and the Gaya College were granted A grade status.
The state has a quota of 18 colleges that can be awarded the UGC's Potential for Excellence tag, but only four have it. Under the scheme, an institute gets Rs 1 crore for development work.