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NAAC team visits RU for first time since formation

RU failed to make it to the list of top 100 universities released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development last month as it did not have a NAAC accreditation

ranchi Updated: Apr 17, 2017 19:59 IST
Saurav Roy
Jharkhand
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) team of university Grant Commission(UGC) visits Ranchi University campus in Ranchi on Monday(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

A seven member team from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) on Monday visited Ranchi University (RU) campus for the first time since the varsity’s formation in 1962, to inspect the facilities, quality of teachers and infrastructure here.

The NAAC team led by Professor A M Pathan met vice chancellor Ramesh Pandey in the morning at the university’s administrative building. Pandey gave an hour-long presentation on various initiatives taken by the university to improve the quality of education and providing more facilities to the students.

The VC, in his presentation, also highlighted the different MoUs signed by the varsity to encourage cultural exchange programmes and research work.

RU failed to make it to the list of top 100 universities released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development last month as it did not have a NAAC accreditation, a senior official from the state higher education department said.

It is mandatory for the varsity to get NAAC accreditation in order to get funds from the University Grants Commission (UGC) and compete with other universities in the country, he said.

Other members of the NAAC team included Prof Sudha Rani Pandey, RKS Dhakre, Prof Jaiprakash Mukund Lal Trivedi, Prof P Geetha, Prof SK Dwivedi and Prof Namrata Sharma.

In the afternoon, the team went on a field visit to the PG Department of RU. They met Jharkhand governor Droupadi Murmu in the evening.

Sources from RU said the NAAC team on Monday also reviewed the journals written by RU professors and will also give points to the university on the basis of the journals.

RU spokesperson Prakash Jha said that the members of the visiting team met alumni, students and guardians in the evening to get feedback. It will meet the registrar, dean (social welfare), finance officer and inspect the basic amenities on Tuesday.

RU recently got all its 22 PG department buildings painted to render a fresh look to the varsity campus.

There are 57 affiliated, 15 constituent and 22 PG departments under the varsity, spread across five districts –Ranchi, Lohardaga, Khunti, Gumla, Simdega—all Maoist-hit and largely backward. Around 3 lakh students study in colleges under RU.