Most premier varsities skip NAAC gradation
MAJORITY OF State/central universities and colleges are reluctant and shying away from being assessed by and accredited to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body set up by the UGC. NAAC was established in 1994 to maintain quality and high standards in universities/colleges.india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 01:15 IST
MAJORITY OF State/central universities and colleges are reluctant and shying away from being assessed by and accredited to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body set up by the UGC. NAAC was established in 1994 to maintain quality and high standards in universities/colleges.
The main reason behind their reluctance to get assessed by the NAAC is the fear of being exposed. The very purpose of ‘gradation’ of universities/colleges in nine categories based on various parameters has been defeated in the process.
The law makes its mandatory for universities and degree colleges to be graded and assessed by NAAC. The UGC extends financial assistance and other support to degree colleges and universities on the basis of different grades granted by NAAC after a long procedure of assessment and accreditation.
Leave alone the State universities, only seven of the 20 central universities have so far been assessed and graded by NAAC in the last 11 years, thus making a mockery of a well-intentioned scheme.
The seven NAAC assessed central universities are: University of Hyderabad, North-Eastern Hill University, Meghalaya, Pondicherry University, Allahabad University (earlier assessed as a State university), Tejpur University, University of Nagaland, Kohima and Arunachal University.
The Central universities which are yet to come forward for assessment includes, the prestigious BHU, Varanasi, Delhi University, JNU, Jamia Milia University, Central Agriculture University, Manipur, AMU, Baba Ambedkar University, Lucknow, Visva Bharti University, Shantiniketan, Mahatma Gandhi Hindi University, Wardha, Maulana Azad National University, Hyderabad, Assam University and Mizoram University. And this when the universities are getting 100 per cent grants from the UGC.
Till September 21 last as many as 122 universities and 2680 degree colleges were assessed by and accredited to the NAAC. The number of institutions to be graded twice has gone to 20 while the procedure for second assessment by the NAAC was on in 97 educational institutions in the country.
First Published: Jan 05, 2006 01:15 IST