Higher Education

Higher Education

NAAC credit must to open new colleges

PUBLISH DATE 19th September 2017

Education Dept Heat On Institutions

Institutions that do not possess National Assessment and Accreditation Council's (NAAC) certification will not get permissions to start new colleges or extend the existing divisions.

The state department of higher education said the rule comes in effect based on the Maharashtra State Universities Act 2016. The notification was issued recently .

Activist Shridhar Dhakne said, “ Now, institutions will have to get accredited.Many colleges avoid it fearing poor grades from NAAC would impact admissions. But, the move will certainly project the quality of institutions.“

The rules and regulations for the new curriculum, subjects, branches of education and extension of divisions were published recently . The Maharashtra State Universities Act came into effect from 2016 and its implementation is taking place in a progressive manner, education officials said.

The department said institutions that fail to recruit sanctioned teacher posts and headmaster posts would not be considered for opening new colleges.

Recently , higher education director Dhanraj Mane met college principals and said that 17 of the 167 aided colleges in Pune, Nashik and Ahmednagar had neglected the NAAC process. He told the colleges' repre sentatives to abide by the regulations and complete the process. The colleges were told to send the proposal for NAAC accreditation at the earliest.

College representatives said several government orders had halted the process.They expressed fear of receiving lower grades for not meeting the requirements.

Pune region's deputy director of education sent notices to all 17 colleges for starting the NAAC process which were ignored.

Earlier in July, NAAC had introduced a system to take feedback from students in its evaluation process. Students hailed the move saying that “the reform will bring the evaluation process on a par with some of the best practices followed across the world.“ They also said it will put a check on institutions boasting about manpower, infrastructure and facilities.“