Around 100 colleges in the state are likely to miss annual grants of University Grants Commission (UGC) and face action including de-recognition from next session for their failure to get accreditation from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Despite instructions from the Higher Education Department to send online requests for NAAC accreditation by July 19, several colleges have not applied so far.
NAAC is an autonomous entity under the UGC which rates universities on various parameters, including infrastructure, teacher taught ratio (TTR) and students' amenities among others and gives a specific rating to an institution. The ranking (given as grade) is given for a period of five years which is also used for releasing annual grants.
Of 353 government colleges in the state, only 80 colleges have the NAAC accreditations. Around 50 colleges have applied for the NAAC accreditation so far.
Last year, with an objective of spreading awareness about importance of NAAC accreditation, the department had formed a state-level quality assurance cell (SLQAC). The cell was assigned to hold workshops and seminars to teach educational institutions about benefits of accreditation from the NAAC.
Citing benefits of NAAC, department officials said: "The NAAC accredited institutions may come to know its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities through an informed review process. Besides, agencies can fund the accredited comfortably as they have all information about institutions on the basis of NAAC accreditation."
In case of losing UGC grants, colleges won't be able to upgrade infrastructure and other such important work on the campus.