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High rating boost for varsity expansion

May 21: The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) today granted 'B++' grade to North Bengal University.

Though the NBU authorities had hoped for an 'A', they appeared happy with this year's performance rating, specially since the university has ' in the process of being re-accredited ' earned appreciation from NAAC officials and educationists.

'We had expected an 'A'. However, this is definitely an achievement for us,' said P.K. Saha, the vice-chancellor of the university.

'From an increase in (self) income generation to diversification of courses and improvement of quality, we had tried our best to improve the university in a comprehensive way,' he added.

Suranjan Das, pro-vice-chancellor (academic affairs) of Calcutta University who is also a member of NAAC's executive council and was present at today's meeting in Bangalore, said that last time the NBU had been granted a three-star status by NAAC.

'The performance (then) was rated at 65.3 out of 100,' Das said. 'This year, NBU has been re-accredited. It was given B++ and the performance was rated at 81 per cent. Such an achievement is definitely appreciable.'

Sources revealed that there are three more grades above B++. They are A, A+ and A++ with corresponding ratings of 85-90, 90-95 and 95-100 per cent respectively.

While talking about the varsity's plans of expansion, Saha identified some of the aspects that had attributed to the increase in the performance rating. These include:

  • Introduction of emerging subjects like microbiology, biotechnology and business administration

  • Introduction and upgrade of unique courses like Diploma in Remote Sensing, Tea Management

  • Increase in the scope of the distance education system and introduction of PG courses in nine lead colleges under the university

  • Introduction of the varsity as a NET examination centre and remedial coaching centre and providing coaching facilities for higher services

  • Increase in self-income from Rs 1 crore to Rs 9.5 crore

  • Creation and development of Pension Deposit Fund for the employees of NBU which has accumulated to the tune of Rs 17.5 crore

  • Regular assessment through Quality Assurance Cell

'These are some of the prime factors which we feel have acted in our favour. Our idea is to get engaged in quality improvement of our staff. It is essential for better development of human resources,' the vice-chancellor said.

He added: 'An achievement (such as this) has increased our responsibility and now we need to excel through planning to ensure that we perform even better in future. This is definitely a big challenge for us.'

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