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54 TN Colleges receive accreditation, 22 get NAAC Grade

In keeping with the Centre’s decision to make accreditation mandatory from 2013, many colleges have sought accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council ( NAAC ) this time. In the latest list released by the NAAC, accreditation has been accorded to 189 colleges, including 54 from Tamil Nadu, and re-accreditation to 165 others, including 21 institutions in Tamil Nadu.

Maharashtra leads the list with the most number of educational institutions that have received NAAC accreditation, with 24 getting accreditation and 93 getting re – accreditation. Sixteen Maharashtra colleges have received ‘A’ grade, 93 colleges ‘B’ grade and seven ‘C’ grade. In Tamil Nadu, 22 colleges received ‘A’ grades, 52 ‘B’ grades and one ‘C’ grade.

“In addition to getting a quality seal from the authorized body, accreditation helps an institution to identify its strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities,” said an official in the NAAC. The government decided to make accreditation mandatory after it failed to get the National Accreditation Regulatory Authority ( NARA ) Bill passed in the winter session of Parliament. The bill has been lying with Parliament for more than two years.

The University Grants Commission ( UGC ) has made it compulsory for all institutions to submit at least a ‘B’ grade NAAC accreditation certificate to get funds under the Colleges with Potential Excellence scheme. If a college fails to get at least a ‘B’ grade, it will have to refund the entire amount along with penal interest of 10% to the UGC.

At present, less than 15% of the institutions in the country are accredited, or 5,000 colleges and 162 universities. And as many as 15,000 educational institutions are eligible for NAAC accreditation.

Academics welcome the move, saying it is an improvement from 2010, when only 40 arts and science colleges in Tamil Nadu had obtained accreditation. However, they warn that many factors that the process of applying for accreditation leaves out should be considered during accreditation. “Colleges are not always transparent about whether they meet the quality standards. Many don’t even put out the mandatory disclosure on their website,” said educational consultant D Nedunchezhiyan.

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UP based educational institutes perform poor on NAAC grading

The educational institutes for higher studies located in Uttar Pradesh have performed poorly on the NAAC ( National Assessment and Accreditation Council ) ratings. This is evident from the fact that a number of colleges and universities in UP are running on their expired grading to attract students for admissions. NAAC is UGC’s autonomous body responsible for assessing and accrediting higher educational institutes in India.

As per the findings of the state higher education secretary, out of the 12 universities in the state, only 1 is NAAC accredited. Only 272 colleges out of 3553 hold a valid NAAC grading. Among the self-financed colleges, only 188 out of 3085 are accredited by NAAC. Government colleges too have not fared well with only 17 colleges out of 137 being accredited by NAAC. Out of 331 government – aided colleges, only 67 have NAAC rating. Two universities and 324 colleges have written a letter of intent for NAAC inspection while 149 colleges have submitted a Self Study Report ( SSR ).

In a bid to improve the situation, state government has set a target of 400 institutes to be accredited by NAAC till 2012 – 2013.

NAAC is a continuous evaluation process which tells about institute’s strengths, loopholes, opportunities and challenges. It helps student in making right choice for higher studies. NAAC rate the universities and colleges by awarding CGPA ( Cumulative Grade Point Average ).

Institutes with a CGPA of 3.01-4 are awarded grade ‘A’ which means a very good performer. Institutes with CGPA between 2.01 – 3 are given B grade which describes good performance. Institutes securing CGPA between 1.51 and 2 are awarded with grade C indicating satisfactory performance while those getting CGPA below 1.51 are rated as ‘D’ grade indicating poor performance.

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Women’s college gets NAAC re – accreditation

Theivanai Ammal College for Women here has attained the double distinction of having obtained re-accreditation with “A” grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council ( NAAC ), according to Kasthuri Bai Dhanasekaran, Director of the college.

The re – accreditation certificate was presented at the 18th foundation day celebrations of the NAAC held at Bengaluru on 16th September, 2012. The Director said that she received the certificate from the eminent educationists Professor Ved Prakash, Chairman of the University Grants Commission, and Prof. H.A. Ranganath, Director of NAAC.

By earning this honour, the women’s college had joined the league of 52 distinguished educational institutions in Tamil Nadu that have got re-accreditation. All over India, only 377 institutions had qualified for the position.

Ms. Dhanasekaran told The – Hindu that this could not have been possible without the unstinted support of founder of the college, E. Swamikannu, secretary S. Senthilkumar, the students, parents, staff, alumnae and well – wishers.

She further said that the NAAC had changed its grading pattern from the earlier A, A+ and A++ to the present A, B, C and D. Therefore, it could be confidently said that her college had improved upon its earlier performance to reach the top slot in the reckoning of the NAAC.

Ms. Dhanasekaran further noted that the college, situated in the educationally and economically – backward district, getting such a laurel, bespoke of volumes about the way of its functioning.

As such, the onus was now on the college to retain its coveted place in the academic circles.

Ms Dhanasekaran said that the emphasis of the UGC chairman was to set right the regional imbalance in the Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education that varied from 5.6 per cent to 42 per cent.

As of now, only 29 persons per 1,000 population had access to higher education. She said that therefore to attain equity, the UGC was laying stress on attaining the Gross Enrolment Ratio of 30 per cent, a goal set out in the XII Five – Year Plan.

The five – year plan envisaged the transformation of the educational institutions into centres of excellence, to strengthen the post-graduate and research programmes, to improve the funding pattern and to internationalise higher education.

Secretary Senthilkumar said that the management was keen on further elevating the status of the college and it was directing all its endeavours towards this goal.

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‘A’ Grade for Vellaichamy Nadar College

The National Accreditation and Assessment Council has awarded ‘A’ grade to Vellaichamy Nadar College. The award comes after a peer team from NAAC, comprising Tirupati Rao, P.K.Biswasroy and Devendra K.Burghate, made a visit to the institution between 19th December, 2011 and 21st December, 2011 for the purpose of re – accreditation.

The college was originally accredited with B ++. The NAAC certificate for ‘A’ grade was received by Principal G.Maris Kumar from Ved Prakash, Acting Chairman, University Grants Commission, in Bangalore on 16th September, 2012.

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Re – accreditation Result of University expected on 17th September, 2012

The Executive Committee of National Assessment and Accreditation Council ( NAAC ) is expected to announce the re – accreditation result of Bharathidasan University on 17th September, 2012, university sources said.

A NAAC peer team visited the university recently to validate the self – study report presented by the university.

Over a three – day duration, the team visited various departments and schools and interacted with heads, students and non – teaching staff.

The team studied curricular aspects; teaching, learning and evaluation; research, consultancy and extension; infrastructure and learning; student support and progression; governance and leadership; and innovative practices.

With a focus on internal quality, the NAAC also looked for intangible qualities : number of books in library, gender – neutrality of the programmes, and environmental – friendliness of the campus this time.

The main thrust was on research and innovation as well as weightages on aspects such as grants to research faculty.

While the peer team had expressed satisfaction over the progress made on research front, the university was not able to explain convincingly the reason why vital posts such as Registrar, Controller of Examination, and Director of Academic Staff College ( ASC ) were headed by in – charge officials.

Earlier this year, the university refuted the low score awarded by NAAC to its ASC, citing the recent initiatives including up – gradation of computer facility, provision of NLIST facility and access to e – resources, creation of a website for ASC, and preparation of learning materials.

The NAAC report on review of ASCs placed Bharathidasan University’s Academic Staff College in 63rd spot with a score of 35 per cent.

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Grading Process for Universities to get tougher

Getting a good grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council ( NAAC ) will soon become tougher for universities and institutes across the country. With the central assessment body fine – tuning the list of questions that would be asked during inspection, institutes will have to take quicker measures to boost research activities, which will be given more weightage. The new assessment tool will be applicable to institutes seeking ratings from the next academic year.

As per the new guidelines, the broader parameters of assessment, including research, teaching-learning process, consultancy, curriculum, infrastructure, students’ support system, etc, will remain the same. However, the questions that will be asked under these parameters have increased. According to H A Ranganath, NAAC Director, initially a pilot project will be implemented to finalize the measures.

“Internal evaluation is more important these days than external evaluation and we need to move towards it,” he said. The draft manual of the assessment process which has been uploaded on NAAC’s website is available for suggestions / comments. So, when it comes to judging the quality of research carried out in the university / institute, questions like the number of research papers published in international journals, their citation index ( if it is cited in peer journals ), the journal’s impact factor, h – index and subject index will also be asked.

“Even when we seek details on the students’ support system, it has to be contemporary and not what was sought years ago. Details will be asked on availability of WiFi connection, computer – student ratio, etc,” Ranganath said.

Under the extension activities of the universities / institutes, NAAC will also seek details of their impact on the neighbourhood.

NAAC will also ask what the institute’s carbon credit is and if they have any water harvesting project.

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NAAC Certification for Kakatiya College

An expert team from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council ( NAAC ) would be visiting one of the oldest colleges, Kakatiya Degree College in Hanamkonda soon to give certification.

The college, established in the year 1972, offered only arts and commerce courses initially but has now expanded itself to offer science and restructured courses. About 23 courses are being offered by the college to about 2,000 students despite shortage of classrooms.

During its over – three – decade existence, the college has produced some distinguished personalities who were serving across the globe in various capacities. College principal R Marthamma said the accreditation by the NAAC would help secure more funds for development of infrastructure, introduce more new courses and attract the cream among the students.

Alumni Support :

The old students of the college who met at a the recent alumni meet promised to support the college in all possible means, said the alumni convener K Somi Reddy.

Besides excelling in educational activities, the college students have also been actively taking part in extra – curricular activities like National Service Scheme and National Cadet Corps. The college NSS Programme officer Satyanarayana Rao has been presented the ‘Best NSS Officer’ for the year 2011 – 2012.

Vocational Course :

Similarly, a student Raghupati Reddy has been chosen as ‘Best NSS Volunteer’ for the year 2011 – 2012. Likewise the college NCC wing has also been active and many of its cadets were taking part in events like Republic Day Parade at the State and national level.

Kakatiya Government Degree and Post Graduate College has recently started a six months’ duration vocational course in mushroom cultivation for which the University Grants Commission has given Rupee 10 grant, the course coordinator Dr. Sasasiva Reddy said.


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