Higher Education

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Colleges seek NAAC evaluation to attract grants, improve quality

PUBLISH DATE 20th November 2017

WAY FORWARD Review process helps institutes assess overall quality, know how they can improve

MUMBAI: To get an edge over other institutes and attract education grants from government organisations, colleges in the city are increasingly subjecting themselves to evaluation by National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC).

Of the 452 colleges that opted for NAAC assessment this year, 40% are from Maharashtra. These include 12 colleges from Mumbai and two from Navi Mumbai. The council graded some of these colleges as ‘A’ and ‘A+’, while three colleges were given a two-year extension for their accreditation, owing to their consistently high performance in the last three cycles.

Set up in 1994, NAAC felicitates volunteering higher education institutions to assess their performance with respect to set parameters. Following their assessment, the colleges are graded according to a cumulative grade point average system (CGPA), with the maximum score being 4.0. The NAAC accreditation is valid for a five-year period.

Thakur College of Engineering and Technology ( TCET), Kandivli, is among the four city colleges that were accredited - it was graded ‘A’ - for the first time this year. According to RR Sedamkar ,dean, academic at TC ET, the institute decided to go for accreditation to improve its quality of education.

“Any quality upgradation benefits the stakeholders, especially students and the industries. The accreditation process helps us gauge the national attitude towards education, and get inputs from experts outside the institute. The entire system is rejuvenated thanks to this exercise,” he said.

The college has already been evaluated by National Bureau of Accreditation (NBA) twice, which accredits professional education programmes. It now hopes that NAAC accreditation will help it in its bid to acquire a autonomous status.

According to Suhas Pednekar, principal, Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga, the NAAC accreditation helps colleges attract funds from various government bodies, such as University Grants Commission (UGC), department of science and technology (DST) and department of bio-technology (DBT). “Many of these grants have been linked to NAAC accreditation. Besides, the Maharashtra government is pushing colleges to subject themselves for this assessment process,” he said.

Ruia College, which was among the first institutes in the city to opt for accreditation, went through their fourth cycle this year. At a CGPA of 3.72 (A+), the college is one of the highest performing institutes across the country.

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